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28/02/2013 at 12:29

I keep a gardening calendar, where I add notes for each month's tasks as a yearly planner. I know lots of pruning needs to be done in March and as it's the 1st tomorrow, is it too early to start? I know a frost straight after pruning can damage shrubs, but there is such a long list of stuff to do in March, I just can't wait to get started! And the sun is shining which is spurring me on!

28/02/2013 at 12:49

Here-there are a lot of swollen buds just wanting a bit of warmth to break-the roses are shooting and definitely need doing-you cant do much harm to make a start-it is not so much the exposed tissue that is at risk from frost but tender shoots-though think you will have to be pretty unlucky to get it wrong now

Get snipping

28/02/2013 at 13:10

Many thanks ! Secateurs at the ready!

Lyn
28/02/2013 at 13:26

I have made a start just now on my buddlia, hydrangeas and hardy fuchsias.

28/02/2013 at 13:27

I've completed all of my pruning over the last month.  I've learned through experience over the years that, provided the shrubs/trees/perennials are planted in more or less the right position, then judicious pruning from February 1 is just fine.  For example, I lived in Canada (Vancouver, wet/mild winters generally) for 20 years.  About 6 years ago we had terrible storms at the beginning of January that ripped up tens of thousands of trees and wrecked a lot of people's gardens (and also houses where the trees fell on them).  I had no option but to take out 90 percent of my Clematis montana and 95 percent of my winter jasmine.  A large limb had to come off the Cotinus cogyggria (3.5 m. high) and off the dogwood tree; the 2 beautiful Pieris also had 25 percent of their branches removed because of damage from the winds followed by heavy snow; other smaller plants also suffered.  Although I had fewer blossoms for the first year, each of the plants came back more vigorously than ever; since then, I have had no compunction about hard pruning and its benefits.  Go for it!

28/02/2013 at 13:34

I think it depends on what your pruning, some of the advise has been to do it over the last few weeks, some is to wait for a week or so. My roses were done about a month ago. I have a buddleja which was a new plant last year needs pruning, but not sure how far to take it back (I know its back to 2 buds) but as its still young should I take it back that far? Sadly my wrens and robins have already started making nests so I cant cut the areas around them until after they have finished rearing their young.

28/02/2013 at 13:36
I used to be really wimpy about pruning, snipping away tentatively. Then my younger sister gave me a masterclass, and what a difference it makes. I did all my roses round about Xmas, except for the Mme Alfred Carriere on the front of the house- that's always done on New Year's day as I planted it on Jan 1st 2000. I attacked a hugely overgrown vine in January - all the trimmings off that filled a builder's dumpy bag. Hoping to get fewer but better quality bunches of grapes this year.
Lyn
28/02/2013 at 13:37

It will still benefit from pruning Dave, take it back to about a foot from the ground this year, that is unless its an orange one, you have to prune those after flowering or you wont get flowers this year, but the others flower only on new growth.

28/02/2013 at 13:41

Thanks Lyn, 

I don't know what colour it is as it didnt flower last year, I pulled it out from between the bricks down the side of my house (potted it up), trimmed it back, then planted it a month or so later. I may have planted it in the wrong place though, its in a partial shade area near a large tree. 

Lyn
28/02/2013 at 13:45

It will be a davidii , I should think, they self seed everywhere. When it does flower, you can cut of the dead ones and it will flower again and seed everwhere! It will probably be ok in the shade, Mine are all over the garden, shade and full sun, they dont seem to mind.

It really benefits from a hard prune, there is an article in the garden mag this week, he has taken it down to about 8 inches.

28/02/2013 at 17:08

I quite agree with Lyn. It will double up and be a much better shape. Buddleias are so tough that they are very hard to kill and they are regenerated by a hard prune. They like sun but tolerate shade well.

28/02/2013 at 18:33

I started today too 

Am just a bit  concerned I went too mad with pruning my solanum crispum which had really outgrown its space!

Lovely to see some sun at last...

 

28/02/2013 at 18:55
Diggindoris, what in particular were you thinking of pruning? You don't need to get all your spring pruning done in the magical month of March. You can space it out a bit . Abby, just pruned my own solanum (Album) and do this every year. Discodave, I agree that it must be Davidii, but is it still just a small bush?
28/02/2013 at 22:37

Its more like a tall twig with new side shoots sprouting off it I will see if I can get a photo tomorrow

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