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.
Our A-Z 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.
It is interesting to note what happens after the pruning of a shrub......
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 suppose!)
The guide 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?
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 type').
Early Flowering Shrub
Evergreens are best pruned in mid-spring, so that young shoots will develop after the danger of frost has passed.
By David Hughes