Need to thicken up a hedge or shrub? Now is a great time to trim down their height to about half their current growth to encourage more lateral growth. This is also a way to prevent wind rock of taller shrubs occurring during the winter winds. Wind causes shrubs to rock back and forth and this can destabilise the root systems and make holes to form in the soil. During heavy rains, water can collect in these pockets and lead to fungal issues in roots. Trim now for healthy, thick shrubs come next spring.
The Flower of the Day for the 17th April is the Artichoke
In the Language of Flowers, it means emotional strength, grounding and closure.