How to Prune a Lavender Tree

by Alex Kountry
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Lavender trees are a beautiful addition to any garden, and they’re relatively easy to care for. However, they do need to be pruned regularly to keep them healthy and looking their best. Here’s a quick guide on how to prune a lavender tree.

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The Basics of Pruning a Lavender Tree

Pruning a lavender tree is a simple process that can be done with a few basic supplies. You will need a sharp pair of pruning shears, a ladder, and some gloves. First, you will want to remove any dead or diseased wood from the tree. Next, you will want to prune back any branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other. Finally, you will want to shape the tree by pruning back the sides and top.

What You’ll Need

Pruning shears
Pruning saw

When to Prune

Lavender trees need pruning in the late winter or very early spring, before new growth begins. If you wait until after the tree has flowered, you run the risk of cutting off next year’s flowers.

Steps to Prune a Lavender Tree

Lavender trees are a common sight in many gardens. They are known for their beautiful flowers and fragrant aroma. Lavender trees need to be pruned every year to keep them healthy and looking their best. Let’s take a look at how to prune a lavender tree.

Step One

The first step in pruning a lavender tree is to remove any dead, damaged, or diseased wood. Cut these branches back to healthy wood or all the way to the ground.

Step Two

Now that you have removed the dead and weak growth, it’s time to focus on the main branches of the lavender tree. Start by finding the branch that is the longest, and cut it back by about one-third of its length. This will help encourage new growth lower down on the branch. Next, find the second-longest branch and do the same thing. Repeat this process until you have cut back all of the main branches.

Step Three

Start by cutting away any dead or diseased wood using sharp pruning shears. You should also remove any suckers, water sprouts, and crossing branches.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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