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Learn about pruning with expert advice from the RHS
Pruning late-summer and autumn flowering shrubs in spring will keep their growth in check and improve flowering.
A Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) is the legal mechanism to protect and preserve trees for public enjoyment, environmental and aesthetic purposes. Woodlands and non-commercial orchards are covered, but bushes, shrubs and hedges are not.
Trees can bring so much to a garden, including shade, fruit, autumn colour, fragrance, flowers, height; and also offer very valuable environmental benefits. After the first year or two, trees need little maintenance or pruning and usually look after themselves with just a little routine care. If well chosen and managed, their ultimate stature and spread should not become an embarrassment.
Trees add structure and drama to a garden but their size and potential to cause nuisance or damage means they can sometimes be a worry. Understanding UK law relating to trees can help everyone grasp the rights and responsibilities of tree ownership.
While many trees will naturally form their adult shape as they grow, others need a little assistance to create a clear trunk and a well-spaced canopy of branches. It is wise to keep an eye on young trees and carry out formative pruning as required.
Ornamental garden trees require minimal maintenance, but a little sensible pruning can ensure the tree remains healthy and safe and grows in an attractive shape.
When a tree outgrows its space, gardeners must decide if it is worth reducing it in size. This is usually achieved through pruning, but it can be hard work and expensive. The alternative is to replace the tree with one to suit the space, but this is not always practical.
When trees are felled or fall, their stumps should be removed to prevent suckering and fungal root rots. Although often large and heavy, stumps can be removed with the right equipment and technique, or removed by weedkiller.
Walnut trees may be tall, but they can produce a good crop of delicious nuts in a large garden. Grafted trees begin cropping after about four years and established trees are largely trouble free.
Wisteria is one of the quintessential cottage garden plants, with a chocolate-box image of spectacular blooms adorning the front of a country cottage. It is actually a very versatile plant and lends itself to a variety of situations, including growth in containers. Of the few problems affecting the plant, non-flowering and sudden dieback are probably the most frustrating.
Here we give answers to many of the common problems encountered. They are grouped by the area of the plant affected: shoots; leaves and flowers.
Wisteria needs regular pruning to keep the growth and size under control, but it will also improve the flowering display. Although it seems complicated, wisteria pruning is quite simple if you follow our simple guide.
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