How to Prune Overgrown Ornamental Shrubs

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Pruning overgrown ornamental shrubs is something that you do to keep them in check. Prune overgrown ornamental shrubs with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Hello. My name is Nicholas Staddon. Today, we're going to talk about how to prune overgrown ornamental shrubs. Why do you want to prune these overgrown shrubs. It's because they need to be kept in check. And you need to get out there and get some exercise in your garden and pruning is one way to do it. So here we have a beautiful buddleia. Her name is lo and behold, Blue Chip. But as you can see she's got overgrown. Look at the signs. Down at the base she's very bare, she's lost all her leaves. Taking your pruners go to maybe about 8 to 10 inches off the ground and you can just go in there and cut the plant right back. It's really advisable not to do this in the heat of the day or during a very hot spell. You see how easy it is? And then all these twigs or branches you can actually use on the compost heap. Now there are some shrubs that you need to take a little bit more care with and you would actually prune between the leaf inter-nodes. But with buddleias you can be a little bit more aggressive. I always give the plant a nice watering in, maybe a little mulching just to tidy her up. Don't be afraid to use the pruners. It's therapeutic, it's fun and it guarantees a good looking plant a few weeks from now.

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