ARE YOU green-fingered?
Well, if you like to get your hands dirty and your garden looking good, you need to listen up.
Gardening expert Monty Don has revealed the importance of pruning your garden in the Winter monthsCredit: BBC
Gardening expert Monty Don has revealed that if you want your garden to be in full bloom this Summer, then it’s seriously important you start pruning it now.
There’s no time like the present when it comes to gardening.
Don’t be put off by the freezing cold weather – put your gloves on and get out there.
According to Monty, January is a “brilliant” month to prune flowers and fruit trees.
Monty joined BBC’s Morning Live show earlier this week for his new series Adriatic Gardens.
The series will give gardening fans a chance to see Monty Don visit stunning landscapes across Europe.
And now the horticulturist has shared the gardening jobs that you need to do in January, the most important one being pruning.
The Gardeners’ World host said: “Certainly this month is a brilliant month for pruning.
“So If you’ve got an apple tree, a pear tree, roses, now is a good time to prune.
“Don’t be frightened, just cut away.”
You need to get out into your garden and get pruning if you want the best results by the SummerCredit: BBC
Monty explained that it is important to prune in January to get the best results.
He continued: “Remember what you cut now will produce vigorous growth as a result.
“If you’re trying to make something smaller you prune it in summer and if you want to make it healthier and more vigorous you prune it now.”
Monty also explained the significance of winter pruning of fruit trees in his latest blog post.
He said: “This is always my big January job and if nothing else this is something I like to have finished by the end of the month. Try to understand how something grows before pruning.
“Does it flower on new or old wood? Does it grow new shoots in a great post flowering burst or do they steadily emerge over the season?
“Does a fruit tree need to achieve a certain maturity to create spurs that bear fruit or will they be produced in the first year of growth?
“Does the plant heal well or is it, like cherries and plums, a bleeder – and if so when does it produce the least sap?”
It’s important to learn how something grows before you start pruningCredit: BBC
Monty stressed the importance of pruning, only when you are sure of how to do it.
He added: “If in doubt …….