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I have never fully understood when a shrub should be pruned I am now in my later years and find it difficult to do everything in the garden I will now have to pay for a gardener to do some of the work and I will want him or her to prune my shrubs. To keep the costs down can anyone please suggest what month or months in the year it would be best to do this work


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    It does depend on the shrub, so the best thing to do is visit the RHS site and type 'prune' and the shrub name into the search box.  As a rule of thumb, shrubs which flower early in the year should be pruned after flowering.  Evergreens don't need much pruning but if necessary then do it in mid-spring.  Cut back overgrown shrubs in the winter.

    The RHS site is here: 

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    I prune most shrubs just after flowering. Some you do at other times but for the majority that is the best time.

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