Maintenance pruning

I provide a pruning services for the following plants

Why Prune

Plants will grow without pruning. However, there are many reasons on why plants in your garden should be pruned:

  • Keep within bounds i.e. you don’t want the plant to become too big
  • Improve the shape and balance of the plant
  • Some plants you may like there naturally size and shape others you may wish to clip to restrict growth shape e.g. box hedges
  • Remove any dead, damaged or diseases
  • Remove flowers before seedhead forms to ensure plant conserves energy and produces more flowers, i.e. extends flowering
  • Prefer pruning for young colourful stems for winter interest e.g. cornus (dogwood)
  • Improve flower or fruit production
  • Create a trained shape (see specialist forms)

Types of Pruning

  • Maintenance – this forms the majority of pruning and is undertaken year round. Some shrubs may only require an annual prune, whilst some hedges may need to be cut several times from spring through summer
  • Renovation – this is usually limited to old shrubs that have become overgrown. This involved cutting back hard and may take several years of renovation work after which normal maintenance pruning can recommence.

Ornamental Shrubs

leaf of Fatsia japonica
Fatsia japonica

Shrubs grow at different rates and what was once a small garden plant has now started to get large and out of hand, and may start to affect smaller plants around them.

Shrubs do flower, some on new seasons wood and some on last years wood so it’s important to know your plants and prune them correctly else subsequent flowering could be affected.

Sometimes you may decide that controlling the size of the plant is more important than worrying about the flowering.

Hedge Trimming

formal hedge

I can trim both formal and informal hedges, whether a single species hedge or mixed hedging.

Hedges I prune regularly include:

  • Beech
  • box
  • Camellia
  • Laurel
  • Privet
  • Red Robin
  • Rhododendron
  • Viburnum
  • Yew

I can prune hedges up to 4m (13ft) in height and width: trimming either one side or both as well as the top, depending on your needs.


purple clematis flower

Climbers are fantastic plants for greening walls and fences and grown on pergolas.

However, they do tend to be quite vigorous plants and if left unpruned can start to become out of hand, potentially growing into house guttering and damaging fences.

In addition, some climbers if not pruned can start to become a tangled mess of both living and dead growth. Pruning helps prevent this happening and improves plant health and flowering.

Typical climbers that I typically prune include

  • Clematis
  • Grape vines
  • Honeysuckle
  • Ivy
  • Roses
  • Virginia Creeper
  • Wisteria

Fruit Tree Pruning

Malus tree
Apple Tree

I can prune the following fruit trees:

  • Apple
  • Cherry (see specialist forms)
  • Damson
  • Fig
  • Pear
  • Peach (see specialist forms)
  • Plum


Rosa pink
Pink Rose

I can prune roses in Autumn and Spring including shrub, climbing and rambling roses.


Mass of box balls
Box Balls

Although I don’t train or prune large topiary plants. I do prune smaller topiary which is typically found in most home gardens which include box and yew in various shapes including balls, spirals or pyramids.

Ornamental Grasses & Bamboo

Wispy grass close-up

Ornamental grasses are fantastic plants but the do benefit from some occasional care including some deciduous types which need cutting back in spring.

Bamboos can often be left unpruned – but can look better with some careful pruning in spring. In addition the some bamboos have wonderful canes which can be exposed by careful pruning to remove leaves near the base.

Specialist forms

Pleached trees leading to water feature
Pleached trees & low hedge

I don’t offer training of specialist forms such as cordons, espalier, fans, pleached or stepovers. That said I can do maintenance pruning to these forms.

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