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Monday 4 February 2013

How to prune – February pruning

You can prune the weak growth from summer flowering clematis and cut back late-flowering clematis to 15-30cm from the ground.

Wisteria will benefit from a final pruning, cut back laterals and side shoots to within two or three buds of the main stem. Wear gloves to protect your hands. 

  • Prune apples, pears and gooseberries by the end of February.
  • Hard prune shrubs such as buddleia and winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering 
  • Thin out the branches of lilacs 
  • Prune roses, cutting back stems by a half to two thirds. 
  • Cut rambler stems that have flowered 
  • Prune hardy evergreen and deciduous hedges. 
  • Cut back the stems of salix and cornus to between 5cm and 15cm from the ground 
  • Cut autumn-fruiting raspberries back to ground level 

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