Cut back your dogwoods


These have provided wonderful colour through those long winter months but sadly it is nearly time to cut them back.  I always find this hard to do each year as they are so beautiful.  That said, it is important to do this before the sap starts to rise and before bud burst.  Some of the less strong cultivars such as Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ should only be cut back every 3 to 4 years but those stronger varieties such as Cornus alba sibirica should be cut hard back every year.  These are tough plants so do not fret too much if the weather catches you, suddenly turning warm and leading to bud burst.  You really won’t harm them if you prune a little late.

These are amongst the easiest cuttings to root.  You can simply stick the cutting in the soil and it will take over the spring. By next year, you will have a new plant for nothing!