Spring pruning steps to tidy up your garden

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Spring has sprung, which means it's time to give your plants some extra attention....

Spring has sprung, which means it's time to give your plants some extra attention. Pruning this season will rid your plants of dry and dead foliage and branches, making room for fresh growth. Here are five ways to freshen up your garden and make it look its best.

Rough now, tough later

With the removal of the dead and defected sections of your vegetation, you can create a healthier environment for your plants to grow and thrive. Not pruning can be far more destructive than the cuts you make when you trim, so don't be concerned about hurting the plant. Dead and diseased areas will impede growth and damage your garden, so they're better off taking some tough love now while its condition is manageable. It's unlikely that you'll kill a plant by simply removing dead or dying branches and leaves.

Timely trimming

Some plants and trees must be pruned before they bloom. Other plants are best pruned after. English lavender, for example, only flowers once, so the timing of your pruning is crucial. If you trim too early, you ruin the chances of seeing the flower bloom. Be sure to know the life cycle of the flowers in your garden and whether they will continue to bloom after you trim them. Do some research and call a local Atlanta landscaper to help determine which schedule is better for your greens.

Deadheading

Deadheading can be done every day as you walk by your garden. Take a few minutes to quickly pull out wilted and dead blooms to give the new blooms encouragement and room to grow. Be careful with your target, though, as deadheading can prevent seed development.

Manipulate plants to determine growth

Gardening is an art form, and foliage comes in all shapes and sizes. Scaling and reforming can help build a garden that is interesting and unique. Which of your plants depend more on sunlight, and how might that affect their positioning? Use your seasoned pruning skills to maneuver plants to sizes and areas that suit your landscape design.

Use the correct tools

Pruning will be a daunting task if your not using the right tools for the job. Purchase quality equipment and keep them sharpened. If you're unsure about which tools are needed, contact a local landscaper to discuss your garden and the tools needed to keep it neatly trimmed.

With just a little work, you can get your garden ready for spring and summer.

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