Why do we prune shrubs & trees?
1. To encourage a plant to grow, flower or fruit as the gardener wants by changing how the plant would grow naturally
- A different shape – a more artistic shape
- Shorter – so we can reach the fruit
- More bushy – more flowers & fruit in same space
2. To regenerate an overgrown shrub
- Removing much of the top growth to encourage the plant to ‘start again’
- Thinning out the oldest growth to promote young stems without losing the height
Pruning is one of the areas that I am asked about the most and one of the most popular half day workshops that I teach. There is no real mystery about whether, when and how to prune most garden trees and shrubs but there are a couple of key pieces of information about how plants grow that you do need.
As well as advising on pruning as part of an advice visit, I am very happy to undertake seasonal or restorative pruning of your shrubs and small trees.