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City Gardens in March

In the city garden it already feels like spring as the climate is always a few degrees higher than the countryside.

So as growth starts to move on plants some will require pruning.

Roses particularly need attention especially the hybrid teas. Pruning encourages healthy growth and keeps bushes in shape. Don’t be tempted to do what some have suggested and run your hedge trimmer over them.

You may get away with it for the first few years but afterwards you will be left with a lot of plants with stems which will start to ‘die back’ - the ends blacken and succumb to infection.

Use a pair of secateurs. Having first of all removed any dead or dying growth proceed to prune down the main stems to two or three buds. Basically count up three little dormant buds and cut the stem above the third bud.

Always prune to an outside-pointing bud to avoid the new growth being made across the inside of the pruned plant.

If you have floribunda (multiflowered) roses then you should prune these stems back by half.

The same would be true for standard roses - just imagine them to be floribunda roses on a long stem, that of course is exactly what they are.

After pruning the plants will benefit from a good mulch of well rotted manure. Just remember though that if the manure has lots of straw content then the birds will pull this out all over the place and select bits for nests later in spring.

If you are not prepared for this then find some well rotted compost and use this providing it is free of weeds.

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About Sam Youd

Sam started gardening at the age of 8. As a teenager at school he worked part time at a local market garden.  In 1962 he started as an apprentice gardener with Liverpool Parks Department working in all departments, including specialist sections of t... read more