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Feeding and Pruning


Feed trees, shrubs and hedges with a balanced fertiliser such as Phostrogen All Purpose Plant Food. This will particularly benefit young, weak, damaged or heavily pruned plants.

Feeding And Pruning

Feeding:

Feed trees, shrubs and hedges with a balanced fertiliser such as Phostrogen All Purpose Plant Food. This will particularly benefit young, weak, damaged or heavily pruned plants.  Roses will benefit from feeding with a rose fertiliser such as Toprose as they begin to bud and grow for the season ahead.

Pruning:

Prune bush and standard roses before the leaves unfold.

March is your last opportunity to prune many late summer flowering deciduous shrubs.  If you grow shrubs for their winter colour, such as dogwoods, then they benefit to being cut back very hard.  This will maintain their colour for next season, and prevent the stems becoming woody.

Cut back pollarded trees such as lime to within 2 or 3 buds of the crown.

Spur prune stems on Campsis by cutting back the laterals to within 3 buds of the main branches which form the main framework.

Prune winter flowering jasmine once all the flowers have faded.  To do this, shorten all laterals which come of the main framework to around 5 cm.  Take out dead, diseased or damaged shoots, and tie in new shoots as required.

Do not prune spring flowering shrubs yet, or you will lose the spring bloom, and do not be to eager to prune tender evergreen shrubs.  Choisya and buxus, for example, can exhibit die back if they are pruned too early due to the cold nighttime temperatures.