Pruning ornamental shrubs, such as dogwoods, leaves you with leftovers that can be used to make pretty garden ornaments. Red twig and yellow twig dogwood cuttings create beautiful decorations. Bend, weave, and shape the fresh trimmings into wreaths, spheres, or low fencing for an easy and natural garden accent.
What You'll Need
- Wire cutters
- 18-gauge wire
- Dogwood branches (We used red twig and yellow twig dogwood cuttings.)
Tips for Pruning
• Late winter to early spring is generally the best time to prune; plants are dormant then. Even if you aren't harvesting twigs for a project, trim shrubs annually to keep them healthy.
• Look for dead, diseased, or damaged stems when pruning. Dip your pruning shears in a mild bleach solution (a splash of bleach in a cup of water) between cuts to prevent any disease from spreading to healthy branches.
• Use the right tools. If the branch you're pruning fills the jaws of a hand pruner, switch to a lopper. If the branch fills the lopper, use a small saw instead.