Spring Pruning……It’s now time to prune established bush and standard roses as they begin growing but before the leaves start to unfurl.

A few tips for pruning your roses –

  • Cuts should be no more than 5mm (¼in) above a bud and should be angled using bypass secateurs and ensure they are always sharp for a clean cut
  • Remove dead, dying or diseased branches and stems
  • Cutting back all growth of the crown: this normally requires a tree surgeon to carry out work if the limbs are large or long

Now is the best time to heavily prune or pollard trees such as Willow and Lime.  Lots of summer or late-summer flowering deciduous shrubs can be pruned between January and March. These include Buddleja davidii, Caryopteris clandonensis, Ceratostigma, Hydrangea paniculata, Leycesteria, Lavatera, Perovskia, hardy fuchsia, and deciduous Ceanothus species.

Other shrubs like Buddleja davidii, Salix alba var. vitellina cultivars (such as ‘Yelverton’), Eucalyptus gunnii and Cornus sanguinea cultivars are usually stooled or cut back very hard, this keeps them at a manageable size, as well as deepening the stem colour of those plants grown for their stem colour during winter time.