Pruning of Shrubs

Shrubs are used in gardens and outdoor spaces to achieve an eye pleasing effect that usually forms the main structure of the garden.

Shrubs should be pruned with a clean sharp blade.  Every-time the shrub is pruned a wound is introduced to the plant which has the potential to produce disease.  Therefore, pruning must be done in a way that does not damage the plant.  We at Utopia will do this for you and can provide you with useful expert advice.

So why prune shrubs?

Pruning shrubs is important to keep them in good condition and encourage vigorous growth.  A shrub grows more vigorously when It has been pruned.  This in turn will produces more flowers allowing plentiful fruits and berries. With good plant and shrub knowledge Utopia can advise how and when these shrubs should be pruned with maximum effect.

Deciduous Shrubs and formative pruning

Deciduous shrubs are more likely to require regular pruning as they need to keep their shape.  This is known as formative pruning.  Younger shrubs grow quickly and vigorously so therefore they require pruning early on in their life cycle.

Shrubs such as forsythia require regular pruning to eradicate the dead wood.  Forsythia only flowers on the previous year’s growth so it is important to prune the shrub to keep it looking pristine and full of flower the next year.


Shrubs that are grown for their beautiful stems and foliage require severe pruning in the spring.  This process is known as coppicing.  We at Utopia can advise you on how to coppice these shrubs to produce the optimum results.


A similar process known as pollarding is where the stems of the shrub are cut back to a single stem or a framework of stems.

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