Real World Gardener Pruning 101, When to Prune in Design Elements

November 21st, 2019

When To Prune

pruning%2Bhedge.jpgPruning is one of those jobs that eventually every gardener that grows anything will undertake.

Now that you’re committed to pruning that tree or shrub or hedge, what is the most important consideration do you think?

Do you know the name of the species of plant?

Do you know when it’s about to flower or set fruit?

So when should you prune it?


Well, today it’s about when’s the best time to prune.

Let’s find out.

I'm talking with Jason Cornish from

Jason's tip is to wait until after flowering before commencing pruning as a general rule.

Pruning hedges is different because the flowers are not the feature, but the neatness is.

Depending on what the plant species is, for hedging, pruning occurs 2-3 times a year.

fore example, viburnum hedges.

For vigorous hedges such as Plumbago, you will need to prune 4-5 times per year.

  • TIP:If you don’t know what shrub or tree that you’ve got, the best advice is to wait until it flowers or sets fruit, and then prune after that.
  • Jason's General Rule Nr 2 : Jason’s strategy is lightly and often.

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