May is a month for pruning
Time to get out your secateurs and do a bit of gentle snipping. Give the following plants a bit of a haircut. But remember to check for birds’ nests before pruning shrubs and hedges:
- After flowering cut back any early flowering shrubs
- At the end of May trim box trees for shape
- Pinch out fuchsias to make them bushier
- Cut back any dead wood on Japanese maples to new wood
- Remove any dead heads on rhododendrons and azaleas
- Clip ground cover plants to remove old foliage
- Remove any unwanted side shoots from grape vines
- Cut back spreading and trailing plants.
Need some tools for the job? Here are a few good ideas to help ensure you get the best from your pruning:
These Box Tree Shears have been especially designed for trimming box trees and other topiary plants.
The tool has curved double-edged blades and plastic handles.
Yeoman Flower Snips - YEO0289
Recommended by our horticultural experts and used by nursery and garden centre staff nationwide to help take dead flower heads off plants to encourage more blooms and to trim foliage. An ideal houseplant tidy tool or for snipping herbs to garnish and cook with in the kitchen. These carbon steel snips easily fit into the palm of your hand.
Rosa Chinensis secateurs
RHS endorsed bypass secateurs with coloured comfort grip handles. Presented in a beautiful and stylish printed box.