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Practicing the not-so-scary art of pruning hydrangeas

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By Judy Koehly
Master Gardener
Pruning hydrangea bushes is not necessary unless the shrubs have become overgrown or unsightly.
You can safely remove spent blooms (deadhead) anytime. However, there are deadheading tips to keep in mind for optimal results. Try to keep cuts above the first set of large leaves or only cut down to the last healthy buds. This ensures the safety of any developing blooms for the next season.


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