What Pruning

Plants I prune

I provide a pruning services for the following plants

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
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.

Climbers

purple clematis flower
Clematis

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 – Summer & Winter pruning

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

Roses

Rosa pink
Pink Rose

I prune roses mainly in the Winter including shrub, climbing and rambling roses.  I have been trained by David Austin Roses on Rose pruning.

Topiary

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
Grass

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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