Graham Bell ~ Global Change Agent

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Winter pruning in the garden

With over a hundred trees in the garden, there are plenty of opportunities for winter pruning. Knowing how to prune trees and shrubs is an essential skill for any gardener.

Pruning is the selective removal of parts of a plant, usually branches, but sometimes buds or roots. There are many reasons to prune; to remove deadwood, to improve shape, to improve plant health, to reduce the risk from falling branches, preparing nursery specimens for transplanting, and to increase the yield or quality of flowers and fruits. If you would like to learn more, we run pruning courses throughout the year. Contact us for more details.

In the garden this week, we took advantage of the warm, winter sunshine to prune apple trees; pruning to improve the shape to ensure good air flow in the summer and to promote maximum yield in the autumn. We have plenty of fruit trees and other trees in the nursery, so if you fancy starting your own forest garden, the Red Shed Nursery has plenty of choice to get you started.

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