The Gardening Year Apr 2018

What to do now - April

Pruning Power

Through April, many different types of shrub in the garden can be pruned to either control their size or to encourage new growth later in the year.

The secret to successful pruning is to always use sharp secateurs. A clean cut will heal over very quickly in comparison to a jagged wound which can allow fungal diseases into the plant.

Dead, diseased and damaged shoots should be pruned before the main stems and remember to take your time, pruning should be enjoyable!

Shrubs to prune over the next couple of months:

  • Roses – remove old stems completely and cut back younger growth to an outward facing bud.
  • Buddleja (butterfly bush) – cut all of last year’s growth back to the old framework of branches. The new shoots that grow will flower in late summer.
  • Cornus (dogwoods) – grown for their colourful stems, cut all growth down to ground level to encourage strong new shoots.
  • Evergreen shrubs grown for their foliage – lightly prune to shape, maintain their size and encourage new shoots.

Quick Tips

  • Rake up the winter debris from your lawn and start to mow it regularly
  • Earth up your potatoes to protect them from light and frost
  • Keep a close eye on slugs and snails and take the necessary measures to control them
  • Begin planting hanging baskets


 Razorcut Comfort Large Bypass Pruner

Carbon Steel Dutch Hoe