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Pruning tips

Learn how to prune to perfection.

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Pruning tips.

What is pruning?

Reasons to prune

Pruning is a form of garden maintenance, helping alter the form and growth of a plant. It's great to prune so that your garden looks well-kept and healthy. Damaged limbs on your hedges and trees can hinder the growth of healthy ones. Pruning promotes great plant health and encourages new growth by removing them.

How to prune

Back to basics....

Our expert gardener takes you through the best ways to keep your garden neat and tidy. Showing you how, when and where to make cuts.

Step-by-step guide

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Step 1

Start by making sure you have everything you need – secateurs, loppers, hand shears, hedge trimmer, wheelbarrow and gloves.

Woman using secateurs to cut branch.

Step 2

With smaller plants, use secateurs to cut stems up to 1cm thick and deadhead buds to encourage growth. Ideally in late winter or early spring, when flowers are dormant.

Woman wearing gloves and cutting plant with secateurs.

Step 3

Thin out any overcrowding and remove old, weak or twisted stems. This’ll allow light and air to get through. Again, use secateurs and cut close to the trunk or the newest bud.

:  Man wearing gloves and using hand saw to trim branch.

Step 4

Use long handled loppers or pruning saws for tougher stems (2-5cm thick). Cut away dead or damaged branches close to the trunk, to avoid attracting insects and infections.

Man using hedge trimmer to neaten hedge.

Step 5

Use hand shears or hedge trimmers to neaten and shape hedges. Depending on the type of hedge, this should be done 2-3 times a year.

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Step 6

Always clean your equipment after use, as this will elongate their life. Add a bit of oil to keep them functioning and sharpen often for a clean cut every time.

Pruning tools

: Woman using secateurs to trim rose bush.

Handheld pruning tools

If you're trimming back a small plant or bush, a handheld tool will ensure you cut accurately and achieve healthy, beautiful looking plants. Handheld tools are perfect for roses and small flower beds.

: Man using long handled loppers to cut tree branch.

Long reach pruning tools

Combining heavy-duty blades with long handles for good leverage, these tools are great for tougher pruning or tackling those hard-to-reach areas. Long reach tools are ideal for thinning branches, which enables more sunlight and air to reach the centre of your trees or shrubs.

Man using grass trimmer to neaten lawn edge.

Pre-pruning preparation

You may need to prepare your garden for pruning by trimming back hedges, or clearing an area to ensure you can get to a particular plant. Our range of grass trimmers will help ensure you're able to prune with success!

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Pruning hints and tips

Rosey roses

Roses must be pruned every year. The perfect time to do this is between mid-winter and early spring to ensure full bloom within summer.

June blooms

Generally if it flowers before mid-June, prune it immediately after. If it flowers later, make sure that you prune it in later winter or early spring.

No pruning needed

Most evergreens, such as conifers, don't need pruning, but benefit from a shape up in summer. Perfect if gardening is not your thing.

Don't waste it

After pruning, don't throw away your trimmings, they are great for making compost.

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