When and how to prune Lavender

Lavender is part of the mint family and a very popular and versatile garden plant. There are 47 known species of Lavender. Its native grounds spread from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia, China to southeast India.

March through May, early spring is the best time to prune your lavender plants when they need to be rejuvenated or have winter damage. Remove any dead branches all the way down to the bottom. Following a harsh winter, you may want to prune the entire lavender bush down to the bare woody parts and even almost down to the roots. Cutting back your lavender plants hard can also be done to rejuvenate them. Pruning this early in spring will encourage the plants to grow. This type of pruning can only be done in early spring.

Once your lavender plants are done flowering for the season, you can sheer them back to about two leaf sets above the woody growth. This encourages a second wave of flowers plus stable growth and a healthy plant. Of course lavender flowers can also be cut when in full bloom. Tie in bundles and dry the flowers to enjoy their scent for a long time; they are a great natural air freshener.

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Guest post by Floortje - Bylands Inventory Coordinator & Social Media Communications

I am originally from the Netherlands, where I worked for a municipal parks department and the promotion organization for the Dutch Nursery Stock Industry. My husband and I are still in the process of building our garden as we didn’t like all the plant decisions the previous owners made. Besides gardening there are a number of renovations going on in our house. Not to forget our dog and three cats, who keep us more than busy!