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Shearing Problems

While the shears are an indispensable tool in the garden or around your property, being ideal for cutting back and shaping hedges and other plants, surprisingly enough, their overuse can lead to problems both for your plants and for the look of your garden.

Some of these problems include gardens that look like a collection of bumps and lumps, without any healthy natural shape, and the straight or curved lines produced by shears can cause a thick outer canopy which reduces overall growth and development. Buds and stems are also cut, which again reduces growth.

So after a certain point it makes sense to put down the shears and pick up the secateurs, which naturally allow more refined cuts and careful pruning! The plant has its own natural shape, some columns, some spreading, others open and so on, which should be encouraged, and the one size fits all approach of shearing doesn't really help much.

Study your plants and learn how they are supposed to grow, then trim back the canopy which has developed and over the course of the next few years, around springtime, shape them towards the growth they should have using secateurs and similar tools.

Enjoy your garden!

 


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