It'll look even better: the golden rule for lavender pruning

Alina MilsentLife
How to prune lavender

Lavender is pruned in three stages: spring, summer and fall. Spring pruning is sanitary in nature - you need to remove frozen dry shoots, summer pruning is carried out immediately after flowering. During the fall pruning the plants are prepared for the long winter weather, so that next year they can again get abundant blooms.

Incorrect procedure can lead to the death of plants. What is the "golden rule" of pruning lavender, told the Express.

Pruning in late summer and fall

Summer pruning is carried out after flowering, and it is not necessary to cut several shoots at a time, waiting for others to mature. Pruning is done at one time, cutting off about 1/3 of the bush.

Fall pruning is necessary to prepare plants for winter. From the excessive weight of snow, weakened bushes can be damaged and collapse. Pruning is carried out after the first frost. The main thing is to form a "dome" and remove very few shoots, only buds and green shoots. If you prune too early, new shoots will start to grow and will not have time to become woody before the cold weather.

How to prune

Lavender is cut with garden shears or pruning shears. If you have no more than 30 bushes in your bed, there is no need to buy professional tools. If you have a lavender plantation, experienced gardeners recommend buying electric shears with a variety of attachments.

The "golden rule" of pruning

Determining when it's time for pruning is easy - look at the flowers: if they have turned dull and gray and there are no insects flying around, you should get to work.

The "golden rule" of lavender pruning is that during this process you do not cut the old wood. You do not need to cut too low, because the bush may not have time to recover before winter.

The main thing is to shorten the tops and form a rounded dome shape.

Without pruning, the lavender will become woody, and the plant as a whole will look less attractive. There will also be less greenery and blooms in subsequent years. In addition, woody plants are more likely to suffer from frost or waterlogging damage.

Earlier OBOZREVATEL told, what plants can not be planted next to lavender.

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