Don’t prune now

Gardeners' World - - Pruning Month -

Plums, damsons and cher­ries In win­ter the cut sur­faces will be left vul­ner­a­ble to in­fec­tion by air-borne spores of sil­ver leaf dis­ease. Prune in July-Au­gust when the cuts can heal over quickly.

Laven­der Cut­ting back now can re­sult in cold and frost pen­e­trat­ing the bushes and killing them. The top growth acts as in­su­la­tion.

Forsythia Wait un­til the shrubs have bloomed be­fore cut­ting out a third of the old­est stems.

Abu­tilon The plants are only bor­der­line hardy in most of the UK so leave un­pruned un­til April.

Sil­ver leaf dis­ease weak­ens plants and may lead to death

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