Walking through the garden this week, one thing is clearly evident; spring has come early this year.  The peach trees are starting to blossom and all around the garden, buds are swelling heralding the end of winter and the start of spring.  We are sure to have a few chilly days left, but it seems as if winter’s icy grip is finally slipping away.
With spring around the corner it is time to spring clean your garden.  One of the tasks that need to be tackled first is pruning.  No matter which plant it is that needs pruning, after reading this post you will be pruning like an expert.  Involve the whole family by making it a competition, see who can prune their lot of plants first and as a prize have them pick out your next eating out spot.  Pruning can actually be very therapeutic, try and think of it as pruning a big Bonsai.

Why is it necessary to prune plants?  The main reason for pruning any plant is to produce new growth, which will produce better blooms or fruit and at the same time promote a neat and tidy plant.  Always bear in mind that new growth after pruning can be very sensitive to frost.  Let’s have a closer look at the art of pruning
I always prefer making my pruning cuts just above the bud at a slight angle and where possible have the bud facing outwards.

Fruit trees:

Perennial shrubs:

After pruning seal any wounds with Steriseal and if scale is a risk I would recommend spraying with Oleum, which is a mineral based oil that cannot burn the buds.  Now for the cleanup, instead of throwing everything away in refuse bags, rather cut up all the stems into smaller pieces and add them to your compost heap.  That’s enough talk for now, time to get outside and start pruning for a colourful spring.