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What you need to avoid pruning this Spring …

Spring can be the busiest time of year for gardeners. Once day length and temperatures increase, our plants surge into growth. In addition to soil preparation, seed sowing and planting, there’s also plenty of pruning to be done.

The worms have spent some time thinking of tasks in the garden for May this week. There’s quite a few to dos, like pruning. It’s as important to know what to prune as it is what NOT to prune. Follow our blog to get more daily gardening cartoons, ideas, tasks and tips.

 The cartoon headline says, “Knowing what to prune is as important as knowing what not to prune, at this time of the year … like Elder” Two worms are in the soil, on the ground in front of them is a pruned wintersweet clipping. One worm, standing in the soil says, “ Or wintersweet” The other worm, who has been cut in half says, “or me”

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The wrigglers are amateur gardeners, for advice from the experts on what to prune in Spring, try Gardener’s World – they know what they’re talking about!

Gardener’s world on what to prune in Spring

Pruning in Spring

Spring can be the busiest time of year for gardeners. Once day length and temperatures increase, our plants surge into growth. In addition to soil preparation, seed sowing and planting, there’s also plenty of pruning to be done.

Many plants should be pruned in spring, including lavenderbuddleia and ornamental grasses. Pruning in spring makes way for more growth and helps to encourage more flowers, foliage and colourful stems on a wide range of plants.

The Wrigglers have a bunch of cartoons on pruning, visit our page here:

The Wrigglers have joined the #putpollinators first Campaign

Wild flower meadows flower for longer due to the diverse range of plants in them. That’s more flowers for you, and more food for the bees and insects. Plant one and join the Gardener’s World Put Pollinators First campaign – raising awareness of the decline of our pollinators @GWmagazine

Click to see our ‘Put Pollinators First’ page

Gardener’s world launched its #putpollinatorsfirst campaign, as part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations of BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. See what you can do to play your part:

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With a panel of pollinator experts, committed to helping bees and other pollinating insects to thrive, Dr Trevor Dines says, ” Since the 1930’s, over 97 percent of our wildflower meadows have been destroyed. That’s 7.5 million acres, gone. Now you can understand why our pollinators are in such trouble.”

There are 3 ideas:

Sow some pollinator meadow seeds

Create habitats for butterflies, moths and caterpillars

Make a cornfield nectar bar

By making a meadow, even on a small scale, we can provide a banquet for pollinators that’ll help them to thrive.

Here are some seed suppliers and links:

Dobies

Thomson and Morgan – how to sow wildflower seeds

RHS – How to grow a mini wild flower meadow

More from the worms

Year-round garden pruning guide

Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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