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A handy guide to spring pruning

Unsure of what to clip, snip and cut back? Check out these helpful tips and head outside!


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Tips for spring pruning

Stimulate growth by learning to prune your spring-flowering bushes and shrubs at the right time of year.

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When to trim your shrubs and trees

Few gardening chores are approached with more trepidation than pruning. In reality, it's a relatively simple process that requires a little basic knowledge, some common sense and the proper tools.

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Pollard a tree to inhibit its growth

Whether branches are damaged by a storm or infected with insects, removing the limbs can help improve the overall health of a tree. But this technique can also manipulate a tree's shape and size, allowing gardeners to plant saplings that would otherwise grow too large for their yard.

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How to cut back spring-flowering shrubs

Try these TLC tips to ensure that glorious bursts of spring colour reappear year after year.

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Lilac renovation

Deadheading annually will help bring back the blooms year after year. It can also help increase light levels and air circulation.

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Anatomy of a tool: pruners

Find the right pair that will survive your extensive work in the garden.

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Prepare your pruners for spring

Secateurs a little dull? Our sharpening tips will have them ready for action in no time.

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Rejuvenate your tools

Take your tools apart and give them a thorough spring cleaning.

 

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