When is the best time to prune?

When is the best time of the year to prune your Garden?

Knowing the best time to prune will not only allow you to maintain a happy and healthy garden, it will also allow you to ensure that the aesthetic appeal of your plants, flowers and evergreens is always on point.

Pruning your plants at the right time will not only allow you to maintain their shape, it will also encourage growth and longevity.

When it comes to pruning your plants, timing really is everything as different types of plants require your attention at different times of the year. And of course, there’s always the risk that if you prune your plants at the wrong time of the year, you might miss out on the plant’s blooms for that season.

But don’t worry, we’ve created a helpful guide outlining what you should prune and when…

Spring pruning

Your garden will come to life as soon as the warmer months arrive, so it’s vital that you keep on top of your gardening.

Summer flowering trees, vines, roses, flowering shrubs, and Hydrangea, will all require pruning during the spring months in order to remove any crowded stems, reduce their size, and ensure that they are the right shape.
Top Tip – To get bigger flowers on your hydrangea, cut them all the way back. In late winter or early spring, these shrubs can be cut all the way back to the ground. Smooth hydrangeas will produce much larger blooms if pruned hard like this each year, but many gardeners opt for smaller blooms on sturdier stems.

Summer pruning

During the summer months, it’s important to prune flowering shrubs in order to control their shape, size, and general health.

This is an important process as your plants will form buds for next year’s flowers during the summer months, and if you prune after mid-summer you will cut off the flower buds so make sure you prune them early summer.

During the early summer months, you should also schedule time to prune your evergreen shrubs in order to enhance their shape and reduce the size. A top tip is to cut them just as growth begins!

Pruning in Autumn

Every new season changes your garden’s landscape. And with the arrival of Autumn, your garden will change dramatically.

Autumn is the key time to deadhead – a process that involves removing any flowers as they fade in order to promote a second flush of flowers and even extend their flowering.

This is important when it comes to preparing your garden for next year’s flowering by pruning any dead plants or flowers.

Pruning in Winter

Just because your garden is often deserted during the colder winter months, doesn’t mean that you should neglect your plants, trees and evergreens – they will still need care and attention as they do during the summer months.

Winter is a season that requires you to give particular attention to evergreen trees, as well as other pest prone plants.

Every winter it’s always good practice to remove any damaged limbs, prune any limbs that overpower your garden and restrict sunlight, and of course, you should always remove any crossed or rubbing limbs.

Oh and remember, before you get started it’s important that you have the right tools to ensure that your pruning technique does not have an impact on the health of your plants!

There are a number of options when it comes to filling your garden toolbox with the right equipment to get the job done including shearers, saws, hand pruners and loppers – just ensure that they are nice and sharp for optimum results!

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