Check for winter damage

One essential task to undertake in the early spring, is to check for any damage and dieback that may have occurred over the winter. It is important to check for any signs of disease and damage before the sudden spurt of growth that happens later in the spring, after which it is impossible to see anything beneath the mass of new leaves. Any damaged wood should be cut out as soon as possible or it will start to rot and be the perfect point of infection or hiding place for pests that may affect the rest of the plant.

Tools required

secateurs

Skill rating

easy