If you have not already done so, now would be a good time to prune your lavender plants to get them tidied up and ready for next year. But don’t worry if you don’t manage to do this by the end of September – the alternative would be to leave the pruning until late Spring.
The best way to prune is to cut away all the dead lavender flower heads at the base of the stem and then trimming this year’s green growth back by a few inches until you have a nice neat shape. Make sure you do not cut into old wood. If you can, keep the lavender clippings dry to use as kindling in your fireplace. The lavender oil in the stems will be released in the flames and give out a wonderful smell, reminding you of summer.
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