Pruning is undertaken to control growth, define shape, create flowering/fruiting branches for the following season, improve air circulation around the plant, reducing the chance of infection and probably most importantly to remove dead, damaged or diseased areas of a plant.
Most roses flower on new growth. In March, with shears or secateurs, as well as removing dead, diseased and crossing stems, also prune to shape and to let light and air into the centre of the plant.
Cut back shrubs grown for their colourful winter stems such as Dogwoods. Cut out the top rosette of leaves from Mahonia shrubs to encourage branching.
Finish cutting back any dead foliage left on your perennials and ornamental grasses to make way for new growth.
Cut off the old leaves of Hellebores to remove any foliar diseases and make the spring flowers more visible.
Dead-head Hydrangeas before new growth appears. Cut to about one third of last season’s growth.
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