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Winter is ideal time for healthy pruning

Razor-sharp teeth on pruning saws allow you to quickly and cleanly cut through larger branches. (Courtesy of Fiskars)
Razor-sharp teeth on pruning saws allow you to quickly and cleanly cut through larger branches. (Courtesy of Fiskars)
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Shrubs, trees and perennials are peacefully dormant, slumbering away winter’s cold days until spring wakes them again.

Their sleepy state is the perfect time to give them a dose of good health — pruning to remove diseased, dying, dead, dangerous, broken, rubbing or crossing branches.

“Pruning is necessary only for the health of the plant,” says Kendahl Huber, a shrub and tree expert at Anderson Home & Garden Showplace in southeastern Virginia. “Aesthetic pruning ...

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