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Things You Need To Know When Starting a Herb Garden

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Pruning in general has great benefits for your plants. It encourages healthy growth, beautiful blooms and longer plant life. For herbs it means the same thing. Cutting off dead or dry leaves, trimming some parts of the stem, or just maintaining their shape signals the plant to continue in the growth stage and means more harvest for you! Regularly pruning them allows you to see when or if your herbs are starting to acquire a disease or have an insect problem. These conditions might start really small until they become unmanageable. Thankfully, if you prune consistently, you’ll notice these small changes and you can just remove the affected area before it becomes serious.



Pruning is an essential part of your gardening routine to encourage your herbs to grow thick, lush foliage and stay in overall good shape.

For some gardeners, especially newbies, pruning is a dreadful task. It is not physically difficult – it just doesn’t seem right to prune perfectly healthy leaves. But trust us, this is very important. Pruning your herbs is as easy as pinching with your fingers for smaller stems to using garden shears for thicker ones. As a general rule, simple pinch of the finger is acceptable as long as you remember not to crush the stem. However, for best results, we recommend to use a sharp pruning shears. Professional gardeners prefer this method too because it is efficient, quick and does not damage the plants or stems of your herbs.

PRO Tip: Avoid tearing or ripping off the stem of your plant, it can lead to a disease. Make sure to make precise clean cuts every time.



Make sure to consider getting a reliable garden scissors that will make your pruning experience enjoyable and not stressful. Here are some factors your need to consider when you getting a perfect pruning shear for your herb garden:

1. High Quality Blade Material

Get a pruning shears with blades that will remain sharp for a long time and won't rust or damage easily. The best hand pruner has strong and high-quality steel blades, which ideally are high carbon steel.

2. Ergonomic Design

We know that pruning is a “repetitive hand motion” kind of task. Make sure to get ergonomic-styled pruners that is designed for comfortable pruning and easy to use.

3. Cutting Capacity

We cannot stress this enough, you need to get a razor sharp pruners to make sure that you make clean precise cuts on your herbs and you don’t damage them. Pruning should help them grow not the other way around.

There are a lot of choices in the market for premium quality made  pruning shears like Haus & Garten PRO Series. Choose what works best for you!




Make sure to consider getting a reliable garden scissors that will make your pruning experience enjoyable and not stressful. Here are some factors your need to consider when you getting a perfect pruning shear for your herb garden:

1. Nip Back Leafy Herbs

Herbs like basil and cilantro are grown for their leaves. If you don’t prune them, it will grow, blossom and eventually die. Leafy herbs need to nipped at the leaf nodule to encourage bush habit. It will also ensure that plenty of new leaves will grow if you consistently prune them.

PRO Tip: During later season, even the best-kept leafy herbs will begin to seed. Plant a few herbs to grow as attractive specimens in visible locations.

2. Trim Woody Herbs

Rosemary, sage and thyme are herbs that become woody with age. You need to prune (not just pinch) the stems to keep them from being woody. This is different from when you are just harvesting for your kitchen supply.

PRO Tip: It is best to prune your woody herbs during early spring as soon as you see new growth is showing. If you prune late in the season, it will start growing again instead of having an energy to be saved for overwintering.

3. Maintain Garden Health

Trimming helps with preventing disease. Herbs who are left unpruned will become overgrown and crowded and will be a breeding ground for mildew growth. Keeping your plants trimmed so the air can flow freely around the stems and leaves is much healthier for them. To keep your herbs healthier, prune them so the air can flow freely around the stems and leaves.

PRO Tip: Overgrown herbs can easily reseed and take over a garden. Pruning will keep everything in check, healthy, and growing on your schedule.


pruning herbs

Herbs have tons of health benefits. For one, it can help prevent and manage heart diseases, cancer and diabetes. Research shows that herbs are rich in antioxidants that can help reduce the bad cholesterol in your body. Add that to the fact that maintaining and caring for herb gardens is straightforward and fairly easy, having one is pretty rewarding right?

Are you ready to start planting your own herbs? We suggest to keeping this short guide with you all the time as a reminder. It’s easy, you only need to prune them regularly! Check out some of the Haus & Garten bypass pruners and discover the best tool for pruning your herb garden.



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