Throughout 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. Our Garden Tool Sharpener can be used to sharpen the blades of any garden tool including pruners, hedge shears, grass shears and loppers.
Anvil or bypass?
Choose from anvil or bypass pruners depending on whether you are cutting new stems or tougher, woodier growth.
Anvil blades help to reduce the strain on the wrist when cutting older, thicker stems. The blade closes against a softer metal on the lower jaw which provides the extra power required and avoids unnecessary stress on the hand. This does not produce such a clean cut as bypass secateurs, but this is not so important on older growth.
Bypass blades work on a scissor-like cutting action with one blade ‘bypassing’ the other. They are best used on younger growth as they provide a very clean cut, essential for maintaining a healthy plant or shrub.
Shrubs to prune over the next couple of months:
Products to use this month: