Spring Pruning

Spring PruningIt was sunny, but cool and windy this past weekend. But the pruning bug had gotten me and I attacked a Sage, 2 Lavender, a Lemon Balm and a Hydrangea on Saturday.

I tried to use a manual hedge clipper for everything, but the Sage and Lavender were too woody. I have not given either of them a good clip in a long time. I had to use a hand clipper for those. But I was able to use the hedge clipper on the Lemon Balm. It all feels much brighter and more open. Ah, Spring is on the Way!

The patch of green in the middle of the picture are my chives making their annual appearance. The first bit of green on a hillside of fuzzy brown.

It didn’t occur to me until afterward to check if this was actually a good time of year to prune these plants. I found this on the About.com site and breathed a little more freely:

When is the Best Time to Prune Woody Herbs 

Pruning, other than the pinching down you do when you harvest your herbs, is best done in the early spring, once new growth starts at the base of the plant. A second pruning can be done after flowering. Don’t prune late in the season. You don’t want to encourage new growth when the plant is trying to go into winter dormancy.  http://gardening.about.com/od/herbsspecificplants1/qt/Pruning_Herbs.htm

Being that I did pass the Master Gardener Course, I ought to know this.

manual hedge clippers

But when I saw this little blurb in the online Farmer’s Almanac:

5th-6th Excellent Time To Kill Weeds, Briars, Poison Ivy, And Other Plant Pests.

and I didn’t have any Plant Pests to get rid of, I thought Pruning was the next best thing and jumped right to it!