As the wintry weather has us dreaming of spring, there are a few jobs to do in preparation for the coming season.

Winter-flowering shrubs need to be pruned after flowering and before next winter’s buds begin to form as leaving it too late can cause the loss of the flower buds. Twig likes to prune evergreen winter-flowering shrubs in early spring when the chance of frost damage decreases. Sometimes we’ll carry out a harder prune and deadhead a shrub – which helps to increase flowering the following winter. Deciduous winter-flowering shrubs should be pruned into shape when they are young then, when they are more mature, pruning should be carried out by early spring at the latest. After pruning we’ll mulch and feed to ensure the plant has all the nutrients required for healthy re-growth.

Bare root season, as it’s known in our industry starts in late autumn and finishes in the spring – just before the plants move into the full flush of growth.

Reasons we’re fans of bare-root planting:

  • Bare-root trees are usually cheaper than container-grown trees
  • The roots of a bare-root tree have developed without the restricting influence of a container.
  • Bare-root trees are better able to cope with drought conditions
  • If handled correctly, bare-root trees tend to be more successful in the long term.

As the weather warms up and the sap begins to rise, it’s time to finish our bare root planting for the year and start on other jobs… and as any gardener knows, in spring they are numerous. We’d best get on!