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How to prune your plants
Why do I need to prune my plants?
More flowers: It’s a fact that carefully pruned flowering plants produce more flowers year in year out and by pruning fruit trees, you’ll get a higher yield of fruit.
Healthier plants: Plants and trees are healthier too if you regularly prune the dead and diseased parts, and it makes trees, in particular, more resistant to storm damage.
Better size and shape: By pruning regularly, your plants can be kept to the size and shape that you need for your garden.
When should I prune?
In general, the best time to prune any plant or tree is when the rate of growth is slowest, so generally in the winter months. But you can prune all year round as and when you need to:
Dead or diseased branches: remove these anytime to keep the plant healthy.
Spring flowering plants: late spring to early summer
Summer flowering plants: late winter to early spring
Fruit trees: late winter to early spring
What’s the difference between Anvil and Bypass pruners?
In general, use an Anvil pruner for any dry, hard or old growth. A bypass pruner will give a more precise, clean-cut so is ideal for pruning, new, green growth.
Pruning Trees Safely From The Ground
Fiskars Universal Cutters and Tree Pruners help to prune trees easily from the ground, taking the strain out of cutting even larger branches.
How to successfully prune your tree
Dominant leader – don’t prune this as this is the main area of growth.
Carefully prune competing ‘secondary leaders’.
Prune inward growing branches or branches that rub against each other.
Cut off any deep crotched limbs that have weak connections.
Remove water shoots.
Prune broken or storm-damaged limbs.
Remove any suckers.
A well-trimmed hedge gives your garden a beautiful framework and can be a useful screen!
Pruning hedges is a discipline in itself and it’s important to give your hedge the right shape so that it can thrive. So remember 2 important steps:
- Cut out oversized branches that droop.
- Trim older stems to the ground to allow room for new branches.