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Pruning basics

16th Jun '16 • By Emily Ayers

Pruning plants is a lot simpler than it seems. If you want a lively garden with flowers and striking bushes, you should prune often.


This is an important activity that encourages flower growth, prevents diseases and improves the health of your trees and plants. There are several different types of pruning methods. These methods differ from one season to another. If you wish to keep plants bushy and green at all times, you should adhere to different pruning strategies at different seasons. With this being said, here are few pruning basics to help you out.

The Right Tools
Firstly, you should make sure your tools are clean and sharp. Blunt or rusted tools can cause excess damage to your plants. If you’re new to pruning, we recommend trimming in small amounts. It's much easier to cut little by little than risk trimming the plant back to far.


Flowering Plants
Another reason to prune is to maximise flower growth. Pruning back flowers once they have finished promotes new buds to reappear. Ensure that cuts are made above the bud eye at all times. The bud eye represents the region on the stem where the branches grow.


Many flowering plants respond well to pruning. Shrubs like roses grow well when they are pruned, especially during colder months. However, some shrubs don’t grow when they are pruned often. Be sure to check specific plant pruning requirements. If you are a new pruner, fear not! Roses can never be over-pruned. Perennials, likewise like to be cut back right to the ground after blooming.

Cutting Technique
When you cut or prune, make a slant cut above the bud eye. Make sure to remove any dead, diseased or damaged branches and twigs from the plant.

Keeping these tips in mind you will be well on your way to becoming an avid gardener.

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