Prun­ing trees and shrubs

Now is the time to prune trees and shrubs to en­cour­age a strong frame­work for next year

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While the new year of­fers so much ex­pec­ta­tion for the com­ing year in the gar­den, it does take a huge amount of de­ter­mi­na­tion to get out there. The days are short and the weather vari­able, but prun­ing needs to be done to get plants in shape and op­ti­mise their per­for­mance when they start back into growth. With most woody plants dor­mant in win­ter, any prun­ing will re­move a pro­por­tion of growth and thus chan­nel the plants sap and en­ergy into fewer buds in spring This means the re­sul­tant growth will have thicker buds and shoots, and tend to be more vig­or­ous. So prun­ing is ben­e­fi­cial to en­cour­age a strong frame­work and main­tain a good shape, while keep­ing plants healthy and re­ju­ve­nat­ing over­grown shrubs. While this might seem like the start of the grow­ing year, any ex­pe­ri­enced gar­dener will tell you that, when it comes to prun­ing, Jan­uary is just part of a con­tin­uum that in­volves wield­ing your se­ca­teurs through­out the year to keep your plants look­ing their best.

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