Winter's a great time to get out in the garden to prune dormant plants. In doing so, you can control their size, improve their shape and increase their productivity, resulting in better fruit and more flowers.
Pruning some plants at the wrong time can cause sap to bleed from the wounds. When the sap is rising in spring, certain plants like figs, birches and grapes can bleed profusely. This loss of sap, especially if prolonged, can weaken the plant and in extreme cases may cause death. Instead, prune these plants in winter when they’re fully dormant, so the cuts don’t bleed excessively.
Make the right cuts, with our quick tips for winter pruning dormant plants.