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Basic Pruning Tips for Your Lavender Plants

Lavender plants are best known for their unique beauty and heavenly floral scent. Their longevity and hardiness make them a great addition to your garden or backyard. They're considered a semi-shrub, a plant that grows like a perennial that produces green growth every year. Aside from its great features, this hardy plant is easy to prune, making it easy for gardeners to keep their foliage looking good in their blooming season.

What You'll Need in Pruning Lavender

When pruning lavender plants, the best tool to use is a pair of bypass pruning shears that offer precise and clean cuts to help them heal faster. Precision pruning shears like the PrecisionPRO give you full control over the cut and are ideal for lighter pruning of flowers, vines, small bushes, ornamental plants and shaping shrubs, including lavender plants.

If you have bigger lavender bushes or hedges, you may opt for a hedge trimmer.

It's also important to keep your pruners clean and sharp before and after your pruning session. Like any tool that needs to be cleaned and sharpened to function well, your gardening shears need that kind of care too. This will also help prevent disease-causing bacteria from contaminating and damaging your lavender plants.

When to Prune Your Lavender

Pruning your lavenders once a year is enough, but pruning it twice would be better, as this will prevent your shrub from turning to wood and not producing new lavender stalks. Moreover, a woody lavender plant is prone to rotting in winter.

So when should you prune your lavender? The best time to prune your lavender would be in late summer or early fall after their flowering stage. Using your good pair of precision pruners, prune the lavender stems down to an inch above the wood, making sure not to cut too close to the bottom of the bush.

Pruning in spring may delay flowering, but you can use this period to trim dead, diseased, or damaged lavender stalks. Remember! Never prune before winter because if you do, your lavender may die from the winter cold.

Tips on How to Prune Your Lavender

1. Pruning Young Lavender Plants

For young plants, you can start pruning them once they've established their roots. Begin by pruning away new growth during its first year so the plant can react and increase its volume as it grows. It will also allow you to prune your lavender plant much easier as they get older.

2. Pruning Middle-Aged Plants

Heavy pruning is necessary for middle-aged or established lavender plants, which involves removing at least a third of the length of the plant using your pruning shears. After the plant blooms, you can use this opportunity to reform your plant into your desired shape. Keep in mind that you have to shape them for increased airflow so that each part is receiving the air and sunlight it needs.

3. Pruning Mature Lavender Plants

For old plants, continue performing heavy pruning but be wary not to cut down to leafless wood. Cut just above the woody part, up to the third node from which the leaves grow. Heavier pruning rejuvenates dormant stems to wake them up and make them flourish again.

Are your pruning shears the right tool for your lavender plants?

The reason behind Haus & Garten was to provide premium quality tools that would meet the specific needs and demands of professional and avid gardeners for different pruning tasks. 

Greg Schultz, founder of Haus & Garten, has developed a range of high-quality tools that not only professional gardeners can use, but available to beginner and home gardeners who hope to prune their lavender plants and retain their unique beauty and fragrant foliage.

As a professional landscape gardener for 28 years, Greg understands what makes a premium pruning tool. Greg believes that “Pruning can be as easy as 1, 2, cut! All you need is the right knowledge and proper tool. And lastly, the confidence to prune your plants."

Long before Greg founded Haus & Garten, he had a very successful business—as a professional landscape gardener.

For the past three decades, Greg's experience with working for many clients helped him understand the needs and demands of gardeners when working on different pruning tasks. With this in mind, he developed Haus & Garten and the PRO range of pruning tools in 2010.

Greg's goal was to make a range of premium-grade pruning tools that gardeners could rely on for quality and performance. Many of his customers were able to prove that his pruning tools were able to reach this goal. For example, Nancy commented on the precision, smoothness, and effortless pruning he has done using the PrecisionPRO bypass pruning shears.

"I have used so many clippers in the past because I live in Florida where things grow and constantly have to be trimmed. These clippers are superior to any of those I have used in the past and thrown away because they became stuck, didn't cut small branches and/or were difficult to use. Easy to use, don't become stuck, and cut small branches easily the others didn't."

 

Haus & Garten Pruners have been designed with ergonomics in mind and the first thing you will notice is the contoured-shape handles that fit perfectly in your hands when you take that first snip. Spring loaded with a shock absorbing cushion which reduces the strain on your hand with each cut you’ll feel how these pruners do the work and not your hands. Solid yet lightweight and made from forged aluminum construction, these pruners make pruning a much more comfortable experience for you, so you aren’t left feeling sore after pruning which you’d normally experience when using pruners with thinner or plain straight handles. One particular model we have has an inclined cutting head that keeps the wrist in a cutting neutral position which is especially useful if you’re going to do extensive pruning.

At Haus & Garten, we recognize the specific needs and demands that you'll need for different pruning jobs. Below is a brief description of each model that are best suited for different needs that include; intensive day-to-day pruning, prolonged heavy use and light detailed precision work; all of which are thoughtfully designed to ensure you'll get the optimal comfort, durability, and performance that will allow you to enjoy pruning just like I do.

ClassicPRO Pruning Shears - The Choice for the Toughest Gardening Challenges, these Pruners are Made for Hard Use, Whilst Still Delivering Smooth, Precise Cutting Action That's Easy on Your HandsMade for medium to large-sized hands, with a cutting capacity of 1 inch and a straight angled head. It is the universal pruner for more general and heavy pruning.

EnduroPRO Pruning Shears - Ergonomically Designed For Optimum ComfortShaped To Neutralize Wrist Bendingwith a vertical inclination keeping the hand and wrist in a neutral position when pruning. This reduces wrist injuries and hand fatigue. The contoured handles are easier to grip and much more comfortable to use. The inclined angled head improves maneuverability, making it easy to use on dense plants.

PrecisionPRO Pruning Shears A Compact Pruning Shears Built For Smaller to Medium Hands! Easy To Use and Lightweight. It has a cutting capacity of up to 0.8 inch and a slightly inclined angled head for reaching into small and tight spaces of plants. It is mostly used for light day-to-day pruning.

With all of the great features and benefits it offers, why would you want to call your gardener to do your pruning? Instead of paying $50/hr for a professional gardener or $400 for a tree pruning service, invest in a really good pair of pruning shears and do it yourself. You’ll be surprised at how easy and enjoyable it can be when done with the right tool.

At Haus & Garten, if you’re not happy with what we promise, there’s a money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose, but like so many previous customers, I’m sure you’ll love our PRO range of Bypass Pruning Shears.

A BLOOMING GARDEN OF LAVENDER! TRY THE HAUS & GARTEN PRUNING TOOLS NOW.