Gardening expert Geoff Hodge discusses the proper way to prune your garden
With the summers days having come to a close and the autumn winds getting evermore brisk, the time has come to get our gardens ready for winter so they don't get damaged by wind, rain and snow. But on which side of the fence do you find yourself when it comes to trimming around in the garden? Are you a Barber, constantly snipping away at plants, giving them the proverbial short, back and sides? Or are you a Butcher, desperate to get right to the meat of the plant and hack out as much growth as possible?
We all fall into one of these two camps, and knowing which is the right approach will make a big difference this autumn and even through to next summer, when your plants will thank you for doing it right. There are dozens of different ways to cut back foliage, whether it’s getting rid of dead or dying growth, or pruning for flowering, fruiting or stem and leaf colour, and you can save yourself a lot of time with a quick tutorial from the experts.
Knowledge and skill aren’t all it takes to have the greenest garden – the tools and the confidence are also an essential part of proper pruning. Bosch introduces the world’s first secateur with integrated lithium-ion battery. The Ciso is a lightweight and cordless pruning device which can cut through twigs and branches up to 14mm on average at the press of a button. What’s more it can deliver more than 500 cuts through twigs with a diameter of nine millimetres with one battery charge. For those who have arthritis or RSI, this is the perfect solution to ensure you can get your garden looking its best – all the gain without the pain.
To start you off, check out this HowTo video with garden journalist Geoff Hodge as he shows you how and when to prune your garden and avoid it looking like a jungle...