It is Time for Home
Winter is the time for comfort, For good food and warmth, For the touch of a friendly hand, For a talk beside the fire... It is the time for home.
Edith Sitwell

To help you stay healthy and happy at home during this time, we will be bringing you valuable health-and-wellness advice and activities from subject-matter experts within our local areas. Please join us and follow along via #AtHomeWithKB.

With winter now upon us, it is time to turn our attention to those pruning jobs that will set up the garden for the growing seasons. Kay & Burton Concierge Partner Gardenridge has some helpful tips for you and your garden during the wintry weeks ahead. 


Deciduous trees, ornamental fruit trees, roses, hydrangeas, hibiscus, fuchsia, wisteria, grape vines and some evergreen hedges all require pruning over the winter months.


Winter pruning of deciduous plants is preferred because it is easier to view the plant frame in the absence of leaves and this allows more accurate cutting. In addition, there is less stress put on the plant while it is dormant over the winter months.

Prune on a mild, dry day. Not only is this more enjoyable for you, it also helps to prevent the spreading of waterborne plant diseases and/or other damage from cold temperatures.


There is a science to this work that promotes better flowering and/or fruiting, and shapes plants to fit well within the garden.

When pruning, first prune out dead and diseased branches. 

Unwanted lower branches on all evergreen shrubs and trees should also be removed in late winter.

Remove the overgrown and smaller branches to increase light and air at the crown of the tree.

In general, your goal is to keep the branches that develop or maintain the structure of the tree. Cut branches at the node, the point at which one branch or twig attaches to another.

Please refer to Yates Garden Guide for details about what to prune, when and how: .


Kay & Burton Concierge partner Gardenridge is well equipped to take care of these winter pruning jobs.

Please contact Kay & Burton Concierge on 03 9825 2000 or via to engage the landscape gardening services of Gardenridge.

For more information about Kay & Burton Concierge, please visit

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