Once most of the heavy-handed work, such as cutting perennials down to ground level and getting rid of weeds, is done, you can move on to some of the more delicate tasks like pruning.
Pruning trees, shrubs, and flowers not only prevents them from becoming unruly and taking over your garden but also helps to keep your plants healthy and improve flowering. Pruning involves removing old flower growth, as well as getting rid of any dead, damaged, or diseased material, like branches.
The main tool you’ll need for lots of your pruning is a good, sharp pair of secateurs. Although to tackle larger, woody branches on shrubs and trees, you might need a folding saw.
To make sure you encourage growth and flowering, you need to make sure you prune the right plants at the right time. For instance, it’s unwise to prune spring-blooming plants in the early spring, as you might lop off their buds and deprive your garden of the beautiful flowers to come. So it’s important to identify what plant you’re dealing with, what their needs are, and prune them accordingly.
What you can prune at the beginning of spring, however, are plants that flower after mid-summer – these include many deciduous shrubs like summer lilacs, panicled hydrangea, and Russian sage.
For some pruning tips, why not check out the video below from the RHS…