YOU have green fingers?
Well, if you like getting your hands dirty and your garden looking good, you need to listen.
Gardening expert Monty Don has revealed that if you want your garden to bloom this summer, it’s important that you start pruning it now.
There is no time like the present when it comes to gardening.
Don’t worry about freezing weather – put gloves on and get out of there.
According to Monty Don, January is a “brilliant” month for pruning flowers and fruit trees.
Monty Don joined the BBC’s Morning Live earlier this week with his new series Adriatic Gardens.
The series will give gardening fans the chance to see Monty Don visit stunning landscapes across Europe.
And now the gardener has shared the gardening tasks you need to do in January, the most important of which is pruning.
The host of Gardener’s World said: “Definitely a brilliant month for pruning.
“So if you already have an apple tree, a pear tree, a rose tree, now is a good time to prune.
“Don’t be scared, just cut it off.”
Monty explains that it’s important to prune in January for best results.
“Remember what you cut now will result in strong growth,” he continued.
“If you’re trying to make something smaller, you should prune it in the summer, and if you want to make it healthier and more vibrant, prune it now.”
Monty also explains the importance of pruning fruit trees in the winter in her latest blog post.
“This has always been my big January work and if nothing else this is the work I want to get done by the end of the month,” he said. Try to understand how something grows before pruning.
“Does it flower on new or old wood? Does it grow new shoots in a great bloom or do they appear with regular seasonality?
“Do fruit trees need to reach a certain maturity to produce fruit, or will they be produced in the first year of growth?
“Does trees heal, like cherries and plums, trees bleed – and if so, when does it produce the least amount of sap?”
Monty emphasizes the importance of pruning, only if you are sure of how to do it.
He added: “If in doubt about any of these – don’t cut. Wait. You will never do harm without pruning and patience in the garden is a great virtue.
“If you prune the apple tree diligently every winter, it will produce a bunch of new trees but no flowers – and therefore no fruit.”
So, to get the most fruit, it’s best to avoid pruning too much.
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“This cycle is often lengthened by even more difficult pruning the next year – to remove all the unproductive new growth, which has a lot of succulent sap that would attract aphids,” explains Monty. and fungal diseases.
“Due to too much hard work and improper pruning, people often damage their fruit trees.
“If you want to limit growth, you should keep pruning in the summer – July is ideal – when the foliage is fully developed and before the roots start storing food for the winter.
“Do not prune plums, apricots, peaches or cherries (these should be pruned in late spring and only when absolutely necessary).”
https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/8205747/gardening-expert-monty-don-pruning-garden-now/ Gardening expert Monty Don reveals why you should prune your garden NOW to ensure it’s in full bloom this year