The idea behind hard-pruning is to remove hard wood on the shrub to allow fresh.
For major pruning, the best time is in early spring before the plant is ready to put out new growth, so it has the full growing season to fill out and for the new growth to mature.
When pruning azaleas to reduce height, particularly older plants, it is best to do the pruning in stages, to minimize the shock to the shrublopping.clubted Reading Time: 2 mins. May 05, When to Trim Azaleas. The best time to trim azaleas is after the blossoms have faded, but before the new blossom buds have started. The next year’s blossoms typically start forming at the beginning of July, so you must prune an azalea bush before then.
If you prune azaleas after the beginning of July, you may not get any flowers on the bush next shrublopping.clubted Reading Time: 2 mins. Aug 30, When pruning an evergreen azalea immediately after its blooms have faded in spring, use a sharp pair of bypass hand pruners to cut back back stems that have outgrown the rest of the shrub and/or are spoiling the shape of the plant. Make your branch cuts at a point a couple inches or so above the main form of the plant. The ideal time to give your azaleas a trim is within a three-week period after they finish blooming in spring.
This gives the azaleas plenty of time to make flower buds (which appear as pale, fuzzy buds curled tight on the tips of branches) for next year. If you wait until the late summer or fall to prune, you risk cutting off the flower buds and all you will get next year is a bush full of green shrublopping.clubted Reading Time: 2 mins.
May 05, Trim the bush carefully after the flowers are gone. When spring comes and goes and the bright flowers begin to die, it's time to do your annual light pruning.
Use hand trimmers to 95%.