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Pruning Flowering Bushes/Trees ?

When is it the best time to prune flowering trees/bushes (Magnolia)? I have a Saucer Magnolia and one is slightly different (can't remember the name).

They are in almost full flower right now, but I want to prune some bottom branches for 2 reasons, to give more room for my lawnmower to cut the grass and to have the Magnolia's grow upwards rather than grow so dense and wide. There is also some Maple saplings growing between the branches, I have to get those out. 1st pic I have a rose bush I'm going to dig out as the Magnolia has already reached it with it's span.

Should I do this when in bloom or wait until the flowers shed and the leaves come out? Here are the Magnolia's:

About 5-6 ft tall, about 7-8 years old
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Around 9-10ft tall and 10 years old approx
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Here is some good info on pruning Magnolias Gibsons.
https://www.thespruce.com/the-best-time ... es-2132832

The rule of thumb with spring flowering trees and shrubs is not to prune them until after they have flowered for the season or you will affect the blooming for the next year.

You should also go easy on pruning because they don't heal as well with pruning cuts and end up more susceptible to disease.

Hope that helps.

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