Depending on the type of plant you’re dealing with, pruning could be as easy as cutting down to the ground for winter, or shaping around the woody base of a plant. It can be a tricky task, don’t get me wrong. Figuring out which branches are life supporting and which ones are suckers, or which plants should be cut back after the first frost vs. before, but you can find out most of this info by doing a quick google search for the type of plant, and checking out your garden zone!
There are also numerous plant benefits to pruning. The harshness of cutting a plant, when done correctly, encourages stronger growth, more abundant foliage, a better shape, and if you’re dealing with fruit bearing plants, a better harvest.
During pruning, it’s a great time to note if any of your plants have produced seeds for you to save. Saving seeds is a brilliant way to propagate your garden and produce more plants next year, especially when growing annuals.
After you’ve cut back your plants and are left with excess dry and dead plant pieces, why not start a compost pile? We have tons of tips from the do’s and don’ts of composting to how to build your own composting bin from Steve on WWMM!
Learn the basics on a variety of plants so you can easily prune the plants in your garden.
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