May not bloom anymore: which garden plants should be urgently pruned in spring

Yulia LoseynkoLife
Proper pruning requires most plants - from fruit trees to garden grasses

It won't be long before the warmth is in full bloom and the garden plants are in full bloom. But in order to ensure a lush riot, experienced gardeners advise cutting back the shoots in time after the winter. This creates more living space, gives the plants free access to sunlight and air, and stimulates them to actively grow. In addition, this way you can remove diseased parts that can cause the entire shrub or tree to die.

Express named six plants that should be trimmed in the spring. This, in particular, will give them a more groomed appearance.

Fruit trees

Pruning fruit trees stimulates not only their flowering, but also their fruiting. It is also a good prevention of diseases and a way to rejuvenate the plant. In early spring it is important to carry out the procedure on apricots, cherries and peaches, because they grow quickly. To prune properly, you need to remove diseased and damaged shoots. Also to be removed are branches that make the crown too thick and compete with the supporting branches. Trees should be pruned carefully so as not to damage the tool buds.


In spring, plants which form hedges begin to put out new shoots and so break up their previous shape. Therefore they need to be pruned. In addition to shaping, the procedure helps to ensure that the hedge grows evenly - without gaps and bald spots. Plants with poorly formed crowns are advised to cut to half the length of the branches. If the crown is well preserved - to a third. It is better to use a hand pruner, because it is less damaging to the plant. But large plants can also be taken care of with an electric tool.

Perennial grasses

Garden perennial herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage, and lavender elongate their stems as they grow and also become woody. Spring pruning helps rejuvenate these plants. You can also remove any previously dead, dry parts during the procedure. Herbaceous plants should not be trimmed too much, just remove about a quarter of their length and give them time to recover.


Spring pruning of conifers such as thuja, spruce, yew or juniper helps prevent fungal infections. But it is better to do the procedure before the trees begin to grow actively. When pruning conifers, it is important to make sure that the tool is sharp and does not break the tips of the shoots. In this case, it will allow them to branch out and the plant will look fluffy. Experienced gardeners recommend cutting no more than a third of the length of each shoot.

Flowering shrubs

Plants such as lilacs, forsythia or rhododendrons need to be trimmed in the spring after they have flowered. The plant then experiences minimal stress from the procedure and will bloom even more lush next season. Pruning in any other season may prevent the shrub from blooming fully a year later.


Delicate garden flowers often overfreeze in winter, so they need healthful pruning in spring. Damaged and dead branches should be removed so that only healthy tissue remains. Weak and thin shoots growing inside the bush should also be removed. These can cause fungal growth. To cut a rose safely, you should make an angled cut about 0.5 cm above the bud. Each wound should be treated with a special disinfectant after the procedure.

Previously OBOZREVATEL told you what flowers can grow in your garden to eat.

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