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How and when should I prune my evergreens?

The question

I have a variety of evergreens. How do I look after them and when should I prune them?

The answer

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Prune evergreens in the late winter or early spring, when you can observe how winter has damaged them. Brush off any browning of the needles with leather gloves just to make them look nice. Make sure they go into this winter with at least five buckets of water so they suffer as little damage as possible from severe March sunlight. They keep on transpiring all winter, so water right up to the last minute.

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