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How to prune trees and shrubs - and Why

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 11:21:00 am Australia/Brisbane

Tip pruning syzygium

Why do we need to prune our shrubs and bushes? Why can’t we just leave them to grow wild, as they do in nature?

    Well, plants are often pruned “in nature” –
  • by the action of strong winds, reducing their energy 
  • by animals nibbling at tender young shoots
  • by armies of insects that take away dead and dying wood 
  • and by fungus that feeds on sickly stems 

This all helps change the appearance of plants.

We want our garden plants to work hard and look their very best all year - without the help of huge beetle armies or herds of munching roos. Pruning helps achieve that.

Here’s some of the good reasons why we should prune our garden plants:

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Comments | Posted in Garden Tips By Andrea Caldecourt

Tip pruning explained

Thursday, 28 July 2016 11:21:00 am Australia/Brisbane

Tip pruning syzygium

What is tip pruning?

For many of our hedging plants, especially dense-growing ones like Syzygium (lillypilly) and Viburnum and generally most plants that are used for screening or hedging. We recommend tip pruning while young to encourage dense growth and keep your plants looking their best.


You might be familiar with regular pruning. This involves helping a plant grow healthier by completely removing any dead wood, any sickly or weak stems, any branches that cross over or rub against each other, and any that grow in an unattractive direction.


Tip pruning is another method of helping a plant grow healthier.


Instead of removing a complete branch or twig back to a joint, you just snip out the very tip of each stem, about 5cm or less.

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Comments | Posted By Andrea Caldecourt

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