Climbing plants ‘need to be pruned’

With so much to be done in the garden at this time of year, it would be perfectly understandable for green-fingered enthusiasts to feel overwhelmed by the tasks ahead of them.

However, there are some jobs that can be made a top priority in order to ensure the plant life benefits from the best possible treatment and conditions.

In an article for the Daily Telegraph, professional gardener Helen Yemm – who also lectures and writes extensively on the topic – underlined the importance of keeping wall climbers in shape.

She specified that hydrangeas would particularly benefit from this – and this is a plant that can be either deciduous or evergreen and grows up to 30 m by climbing up trees.

"Prune a few older flowered stems of climbing hydrangea that cantilever out too far from walls, cutting back to a pair of new buds," the expert commented.

"Be selective – bear in mind that fat shoot tips already indicate which shoots will carry next year's flowers and hard pruning all over will result in few flowers," she continued.

Indeed, regular pruning is essential if the plants are to be kept healthy – and this course of action can also help to minimise any damage caused to a property.

Those who either do not have tools appropriate for this task – or feel they could use some newer models – may wish to have a browse of our extensive range of tree pruners.

Many of these products are characterised by long-reach telescopic shafts, which are ideal as they allow for the task to be completed from the relative safety and comfort of the ground.

Pruning can also be a good idea after a downpour, as Ms Yemm recently explained that while plants may have been growing very healthily in the unseasonably wet conditions, they might be in need of some additional maintenance.

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