Friday, May 25, 2018

15 Mar

Last Chance to Prune!

With so much growth happening this month, it’s an important time to prune your shrubs and roses! As the days grow longer and the weather becomes warmer, buds will burst open as sap moves through the branches. Once this growth begins- it’s too late, your plants will be committed to growing new shoots. Don’t leave your shrubs to get bigger and bigger each year, their stems will become tall and gangly.

Pruning is vital if you want beautiful blooms, to maintain an attractive shape and keep them healthy

Pruning Roses…

Roses are a popular addition to any garden but many gardeners struggle with when and how to prune their roses. Pruning is vital if you want beautiful blooms, to maintain an attractive shape and keep them healthy. Don’t be scared about attempting to prune your roses this year- it is near impossible to kill a rose with bad pruning and becoming an accomplished rose pruner takes time and practice.

For more information on pruning roses click here!

Pruning Shrubs…

The best time to prune is when the trees have no leaves in late winter or early spring

Pruning trees and shrubs is the big job to get done in March. The best time to prune is when the trees have no leaves in late winter or early spring. It means you can see the branch structure, and it’s so much easier to get in between the branches with pruning tools.

Summer flowering shrubs will benefit from being cut back this time of year. Any vigorous shrub that flowers from mid-July to September needs to be cut down almost to ground level. Overgrown, old deciduous shrubs will benefit from drastic pruning. After this, annual pruning will stop them getting out of hand again. Deciduous shrubs that flower in late winter, spring and early summer need annual pruning to encourage strong, so they produce healthy shoots and improved flowering. Annual pruning also prolongs the life of these early-flowering shrubs. Pruning summer-flowering shrubs annually in spring gives a better flowering display that year. Pruning also keeps growth in check and improves overall plant health.

If you have any helpful pruning tips and tricks send them to us at gardenersblog@jerseyplantsdirect.com!


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