How to Prune Your Garden

October 6, 2017

Although not the most enjoyable part of tending to a garden, pruning is an absolute necessity. When you prune your garden, you are searching for dead or overgrown sections to cut away. Not only are they a blemish to an otherwise colorful garden, but they are literal dead weight that can stifle growth. Dead leaves or twigs can attract pesky insects that eat away your living plants, and can even harm them by simply by rubbing against each other.

Here are some tips on how to prune your garden quickly and effectively:


Pruning differs from plant to plant. These basics to start you off on the right foot. Pruning is best done when plants are dormant. This will require you to look up information for each of your plants in order to know when it’s time to go about pruning. It’s also useful to do research for specific plants that may require special procedures.

Warning Signs

Don’t know when your garden needs pruning? Here are some signs to watch out for: dead or broken branches, stems and leaves, and branches that entangle. The latter branches will scrape against each other, exposing bark and leaving them susceptible to disease and pests.

The sooner you notice these issues, the easier it will be to fix them.. If left unattended, these problems become much more difficult to control. Pruning now saves you time, and keeps your plants from suffering!

Cut at Angles

When you are working on trees and shrubs, make sure to cut dead leaves at an angle, and not too close to buds. Buds are found where plants branch off into leaves and so you will typically find dead debris there.

Make sure to get rid of all the dead matter, but remember to avoid the buds! If you cut too close, they may dry out. New growth will cease, and disease could set in.

Get Plants Spaced

If you have too many plants crowded into a single area, it’s helpful to thin out stems. To do so, remove stems that have decreased in flower production or have grown much taller than the others.

If your stems are still crowded, then move onto the next step. Prune other candidates down to their bottom bud to allow sunlight to evenly reach all the plants.

With these garden pruning tips on your side, your garden will be pruned, spruced up, and ready to continue growing!