All About Gardening

Container Gardening Section

Welcome to All About Gardening


A Little Known Secret to Successful Outdoor Gardening
Leonard Mutch

A Little Known Secret to Successful Outdoor Gardening ......Pruning

Outdoor gardening is so much easier when you know how.
Outdoor gardening is much more enjoyable when you know a few secrets.

Much of the enjoyment of outdoor gardening comes from the care and proper maintenance of the garden.

Not many plants will look their best without some help, and pruning is one of these techniques considered essential to outdoor gardening if plants are to flower and fruit well, and to keep pests and diseases at bay.

For those inexperienced in outdoor gardening, pruning can often be a reason for concern.
Questions may arise, such as when is the best time to prune, and how, and where.

We prune our trees and shrubs mainly to increase flowering and fruiting, to control diseases, or to change the size or shape of the plant.

Some shrubs such as Forsythia need an annual prune of their older wood to help maintain vigor and to produce new flowering shoots.
These new shoots are produced from the base of the plant.
If Forsythia was left un pruned it could soon become overcrowded, allowing little room for new shoots to grow and flower.
I recommend that after flowering each year you cut out a good quarter to one third of the old wood around the base of the shrub.

A number of shrubs can be encouraged through pruning to develop larger foliage with no flowers.
This is usually done in late winter or early spring.
The shrub is either cut back to the ground, or cut back very hard whilst removing dead wood and twigs.

Some trees are suitable for this type of pruning, and this can totally change the appearance of these plants.

Ornamental fruit trees will produce much more flowers and fruit when pruned correctly.
As a rough guide for outdoor gardening the plants that flower early in the season should be pruned as soon as flowering has finished,whilst late flowering shrubs can be done at the beginning of the growing season.

Many shrubs are grown for the color of their stems, and will need to be pruned at frequent intervals if the color is to be kept.
A technique called "coppicing" where the shrub is pruned hard close to the ground is usually involved.

Coppicing is also used for the production of wood suitable for fencing.
In outdoor gardening however, it is used most often to stimulate fresh new growth in the colorful stems of trees and shrubs.
The shape of trees and shrubs in the outdoor garden can be changed by pruning and crossing branches that are close together.
The object here is to construct a natural open shape so that air can circulate freely.

If some of your older shrubs are getting a bit woody and ugly you could try cutting the plant back hard whilst trying to keep some leaves on the lower branches, before deciding to pull them up.
It's worth giving the plant a feed and mulch at this time too.

What pruning tools will you need for outdoor gardening?

For outdoor gardening you will need secateurs for soft shoots and small branches, or loppers for branches that are too thick to be cut with secateurs, and a saw for even bigger branches.
Always use good quality tools and make sure they are sharp.

It is essential to the health of your plants that you prune correctly.
Cut out all diseased, weak and dead growth.
Always cut back to healthy wood, free from the staining of infected tissue.
Generally when pruning cuts are made on trees and shrubs it should be made to a bud, which will then grow away without leaving a dead stump.
You should choose a bud that is facing the direction you want the branch to grow away to, then make a slanting cut about 2 inches above the bud.
If the plant has opposing buds, then cut straight across.

A good tip for creating cleaner, easier cuts on lighter stems and branches with secateurs is to hold the stem in your free hand and bend it slightly with light pressure before cutting.
To remove a branch from a shrub or tree, you first need to cut the branch back to about a foot from the trunk. This will help to prevent the branch tearing.
Don't however cut the remaining stub flush with the trunk, but leave a small swelling which can heal on its own.
Pare off ragged parts left on sawn surfaces.

Collect all your prunings and compost them if soft and healthy, but burn them if woody or diseased.

Enjoy your outdoor gardening by pruning successfully.
Make the right cut to improve your outdoor gardening skills.

About the Author

Leonard Mutch makes it easy to improve your gardening skills. Subscribe now to his monthly newsletter for tips and savings. Visit this site:

Container Gardening Best products

The candles lit dinners are offered to cater the romantic instinct of young visitors. Rubber and vinyl flooring is preferred when you need silence in hall. The garden furniture and garden tools are two very different products belonging to different markets. Automobile fitted lawn mower may be cost effective and time saving. The lights on the swimming pool are so designed that they produce a mellowing effect to the visitors.

Container Gardening News

container gardening

To start, make sure you follow some of the basics about container gardening. You can use any container you would like and be as creative as you want, something different is always fun. Conventional options include clay, ceramic, plastic and fiberglass.

Read more

Gardening: Container Planting

You’ve enjoyed your pots of colorful flowers all summer long, and had veggies like tomatoes that were so fresh and flavorful that it’s going to be hard to eat those store-bought ones during the Winter months. But what do you do now, to prepare for next ...

Read more

Container Gardening – Fall Cleanup and Pot Storage

Those containers we planted last spring thrived through June and July, and now that August has hit our container gardening habits need to shift to deal with prolonged heat. Q: It’s the middle of summer and my container plants look stressed. I haven’t ...

Read more

Container Gardening Ideas: Beat the Heat

Creating a pond or any water feature in your garden is the newest rage in landscaping. People stay closer to home and like to enjoy their backyards and to entertain and to create their own little refuge. A water feature seems to be a wonderful way to give ...

Read more

Water Gardens in Containers

Container gardening is an excellent way to grow your vegetables. Cathy Isom gives has some tips about growing your own food in small spaces. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. When it comes to growing your own food, you really don’t need a backyard ...

Read more

Small Container Gardening

It seems that gardeners are increasingly turning to containers to grow vegetables, not only to maximize yields but also to reduce maintenance needs. That said, some veggies are harder to grow in pots than others, and among the most challenging is the ...

Read more

Sugar Pot Watermelon Is Ideal For Container Gardening

Container gardens are a wonderful way to bring plants into your world. They are a fun way to get children and grandchildren interested in the world of plants. They can be used to brighten up a patio or porch. The downside is in the hot dry summer of ...

Read more

GARDENING WITH THE MASTERS: Succulent container gardens

Container gardening is a great way to save space and add some variety to your garden. With the right planning and care, you can plant your containers in the spring, watch it thrive through the summer, and have full, beautiful plants coming into the fall.

Read more

Make the most of your container garden with these tips

Whether you’re looking for some curb appeal or simply want to enhance your backyard, garden containers are the way to go. Just ask Colleen Wilberding, owner of Pretty Pots and Paths in Beverly Hills, who combined her creative background in advertising as ...

Read more

Solutions: Garden containers add appeal

Gardening in containers is advantageous because it saves space. It is also the most effective alternative when you have difficult climate, limited mobility, too little time, poor soil or too much shade. Compared to regular gardens, a container garden is ...

Read more