Pruning Shrubs - A quick Guide on
how to prune shrubs.
garden shrubs can be a daunting task if you
do not know how to prune them. How to prune
your shrubs, with listings of all popular
shrubs with information and advice on how to
prune them. This guide takes you through
step by step.
Easy Shrub Pruning Guide
Most shrubs do not actually 'need' pruning!
(Now that's a pretty good way to start a
feature on how to prune shrubs and
pruning: I will now bid you farewell and
let you get on with it!)
But, many shrubs are planted in the wrong
situation - in relation to size and
position, so pruning becomes necessary.
Add to that, the fact that we are usually
more concerned with having the maximum
amount of flower/foliage/stem growth, than
we are with the shrub's feelings, then the
need for us to prune our
shrubs overrides the desire of our shrubs
to be pruned! As well as 'how to prune'
there is another very important aspect,
when to prune shrubs.
It is interesting to note what happens
after the pruning of a shrub......
How and when to prune shrubs which are included in our A-Z listing
Basics of Pruning.
If you prune a shrub down to - or
near to ground level, it will send up
vigorous growth to the same height
(normally) during a single growing season!
When you want long 'canes' of new growth -
as in the case of some Cornus (Dogwoods) -
this is great. (On the other hand, if you
are a bit of a 'snipper' at the ends of
twigs, then you will end up with rather
weak insignificant growth - similar to
that which you have 'nibbled at'.)
All of that having been said, it is also
true that young vigorous growth, is more
likely to have more prolific flowers and
foliage (and stem colour) than older
growth. (A bit like us humans really I
on how to prune shrubs and
shrub pruning is simple to use. You
will find most of the shrubs which we
require to prune on an annual basis
listed, together with a section on
pruning for special effects!
If you cannot find the shrub that you
are looking for, then please let us know
and we will try to add it into our
feature. In any event we will reply to
you with your own personal pruning
appraisal. How's that for service?
Easy Pruning Guide
Before starting any pruning, please
ensure that you have a good, sharp
pair of secateurs. (The 'By-pass'
type is probably best for general
use - rather than the 'anvil
Early Flowering Shrubs
Shrubs that flower before
midsummer usually bloom on growth
made the previous year. They are
normally pruned after flowering
(early summer), so that new growth
has a full season in which to
ripen before blooming the
following year. Forsythia and
Philadelphus are typical of this
group. It is important to know how
to prune these shrubs.
Late Flowering Shrubs
Shrubs that bloom after
midsummer, have flowers on the
current season's growth; these are
pruned in winter or spring. They
then flower later in the season on
new growth. (HT and floribunda
roses are typical of this group)
are best pruned in mid-spring, so
that young shoots will
develop after the danger of frost
Most old shrubs can be rejuvenated
by cutting back hard to 30-45cm
from the ground. To be doubly
safe, it would be better to cut
down around 50% in year one
(sending up loads of new growth)
and then cut down the remainder in
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