Gardening during a pandemic – pruning and snipping

As part of our bid to get the people of Wales gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic, this week we’re giving our top tips on giving plants, trees and hedges a haircut.


Gardening is great for improving mental and physical well being while being at home for long periods of time. It’s ideal for getting some much-needed fresh air, especially during the current crisis. It’s perfect for connecting with the natural world and allows us to get some exercise.

On a decent weather day and with a good pair of secateurs, you can get into your garden and prune gooseberries, redcurrants and white currants if they haven’t already been clipped during the winter.

You should also prune winter jasmine and remove shoots growing from the base of rose bushes.

It’s also time to dead head large bulbs such as tulips, narcissus and hyacinths.

Any newly planted hedges should also be trimmed, as well as fuchsias. Take care not to cut any new growth!

You can also give perennial shrubs and ornamental trees some pruning in order to help keep their shape.

Check back next week for more top tips. Please share your garden pictures with us on social media using the hashtag #keepcalmandgetreadytogarden.