If you compiled a list of the top five regular garden tasks trimming and pruning would, without doubt, fall in the top three. You may have a potted balcony garden, an expansive landscape or fall somewhere in-between yet this task remains a core one regardless of size. Here are our top trimming tips to help you keep your garden spaces in just the shape you want.
Why do we trim and prune?
There are a number of reasons we do so;
# Seasonal care – many plants benefit from pruning after their annual flowering. A light trim encourages new growth. This makes your plant bushier now and also stimulates the wood that the plant will flower on next year. It also keeps the plant tidy, removing spent flowers and seeds that may be forming. An example of this is light trimming of sasanqua camellias.
# For shape or density – You may regularly lightly prune a hedge or screening plant to help keep them nice and dense and to maintain their defined shape. Likewise for topiary – plants trimmed to shapes and forms – these are regularly trimmed to keep their form.
# Controlling size – In some circumstances you may prune purely to keep a plant to a set size in width or height. This may involve heavier branch pruning rather than light tip-pruning.
# Maintenance pruning – This covers a wide range of tasks. A few examples are removing dead or damaged branches, removing lower branches to lift the canopy to open up garden beds beneath or removing some higher branches to thin out a canopy and improve light penetration to garden areas beneath.
This is one of the great questions to which, sadly, there is no simple rule-of-thumb answer. There is enormous variation in what different plants require and tolerate. Lavender is a great example. A light to medium pruning after flowering keeps a bush happy and dense. If, however, you prune back into wood that bears no leaves that branch will never reshoot! Simply – you need to know your plants.
– You’ll find many plants you buy will have pruning tips on their labels so keep their labels in a safe place for future reference.
– For established plants you can do some research online to find their needs, just make sure you’re referencing local information.
– If you’re unsure of the plant take a cutting or photo to your local garden centre or nursery and ask a horticulturist for some ID help. They may be happy to share some tips too.
Once you know your plants and their pruning preferences and tolerances you can get snipping!
And when you start pruning do remember the old gardener’s saying ‘you can always take a little more off but you can’t put it back on…’
Which tool where…
Having, and using, the right tool in the right situation will make your trimming, shaping and pruning so much easier and help you to achieve professional-level results. Victa have you covered for every conceivable need with their extensive range of rechargeable 18V power garden equipment.
– Seasonal care of flowering shrubs and hedges and trimming and shaping hedges and large shrubs – a long-bladed hedge trimmer is your tool of choice. It allows you to make consistent, sweeping cuts to perfectly shape your plants.
– For shape and density – a long-bladed hedge trimmer is ideal for larger shrubs and small trees. For smaller plants, topiary and precision shaping the Victa handheld hedge trimmer and shears give you the absolute control you need to shape and trim like a pro. It’s also perfect for deadheading annual and perennial flowers.
Control size – Heavy pruning – for large branches, cutting up fallen branches or cutting firewood, grab a Victa single or dual battery 18V chainsaw.
Medium pruning – For branches up to 100mm in thickness grab the compact Victa 18V mini chainsaw or, for material up to 70mm, the Victa 18V pruning saw.
Regular pruning – When you’re faced with lots of repetitive pruning, such as tidying up rose bushes, that you’d normally do with hand pruners make the switch to the Victa 18V pruning shears. They’ll make your pruning tasks virtually effortless.
– Maintenance pruning – For those larger branches reach for your Victa 18V chainsaw, mini chainsaw or pruning saw. For the smaller work switch to the Victa 18V pruning shears.
If you’ve any pruning, trimming and cutting needs in your garden, small or large, then Victa has the 18V tool to suit your needs. And as all of the Victa 18V tools are within the one battery ecosystem the batteries are fully interchangeable between tools with only one type of charger required.