The next garden job we would like to share with you is pruning and cutbacks in the garden!
Your winter-flowering shrubs such as Mahonia, Winter Jasmine and Heathers can be pruned back once they have finished flowering to encourage new growth for the next season. Buddleia and Sambucus (elderflower) can be cut back hard to the first shoot, or even the base, to ensure fresh new flowering growth and a more compact habit.
Trim back your Wisteria now if you haven’t already – tie in extension growth that you want to train on arbours, pergolas or walls, cut flowering side shoots to two or three buds and you will have an abundance of flowers in the spring. We have a video guide on training & pruning Wisteria in our Help & Advice section.
Other climbers such as Ivy (Hedera), Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus) and Passionflower (Passiflora) can be cut back if you feel they are overgrowing, but it’s also important to do that now so as not to disturb nesting birds later on.
Apple and Pear fruit trees requiring pruning should be done now and our Plant Manager Ross has a quick video guide on pruning apple trees. Cherries and walnuts should be left until the summer after flowering for pruning as these will bleed in the winter, encouraging disease and dieback.
Although it’s a dormant time in the garden, there is still plenty to be getting on with – when the weather allows of course!