Gardening expert Monty Don reveals why you should be pruning your garden NOW to make sure it’s in full bloom this year

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Gardening expert Monty Don revealed the importance of pruning your garden during the winter months

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Gardening expert Monty Don revealed the importance of pruning your garden during the winter monthsPhoto credit: BBC

Gardening expert Monty Don has revealed that if you want your garden to be in full bloom this summer, it’s very important that you start pruning now.

There is no time like the present when it comes to gardening.

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According to Monty, January is a “brilliant” month to prune flowers and fruit trees.

Monty took part in the BBC’s Morning Live show earlier this week for his new series Adriatic Gardens.

The series gives garden enthusiasts the chance to see Monty Don visiting stunning landscapes across Europe.

And now the gardener has shared the gardening chores you need to get done in January, the most important being pruning.

The Gardeners’ World host said: “This month is certainly a brilliant month for pruning.

“So if you have an apple tree, pear tree or roses, now is a good time to prune.

“Don’t worry, just cut away.”

You need to go into your yard and prune if you want the best results by summer

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You need to go into your yard and prune if you want the best results by summerPhoto credit: BBC

Monty explained that pruning in January is important for best results.

He continued, “Remember what you are cutting now will produce vigorous growth as a result.

“If you’re trying to make something smaller, prune it in the summer, and if you’re trying to make it healthier and stronger, prune it now.”

Monty also explained the importance of winter pruning of fruit trees in his latest blog post.

He said: “This is always my big January job and if nothing else I’d like to have this done by the end of the month. Try to understand how something grows before pruning.

“Does it bloom on new or old wood? Do new shoots grow in one big burst after flowering, or do they emerge steadily throughout the season?

“Does a fruit tree have to reach a certain maturity in order to produce spores that bear fruit, or are they produced in the first year of growth?

“Does the plant heal well or, like cherries and plums, is it a bleeder – and if so, when does it produce the least juice?”

It's important to learn how something grows before you start pruning

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It’s important to learn how something grows before you start pruningPhoto credit: BBC

Monty emphasized the importance of pruning only when you’re sure how to do it.

He added: “When in doubt, don’t cut. Wait. You will never do any harm unless you prune, and patience in a garden is a great virtue.

“If you prune an apple tree heavily each winter, it will produce a lot of new growth, but no flowers — and therefore no fruit.”

Therefore, to get the most fruit on your fruit tree, it is best to avoid pruning too hard.

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Monty explained: “This cycle is often continued with even harder pruning the following year – to get rid of all the new, fruitless growth that, with plenty of nice sap, attracts aphids and fungal diseases.

“By overzealous and untimely pruning, people often ruin their fruit trees.

“If you want to restrict growth, leave the pruning until summer – July is ideal – when the foliage is fully grown and before the roots begin to store food for the winter.

“Do not prune plums, apricots, peaches or cherries (these should be prune in late spring and only when absolutely necessary).”

Do not prune plum, apricot, peach or cherry trees in winter, but wait until late spring if necessary

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Do not prune plum, apricot, peach or cherry trees in winter, but wait until late spring if necessaryPhoto credit: Getty

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