Seasonal pruning can improve the overall shape of plants, encourage flowering and fruit production and also generate more growth for plants grown for winter stem colour e.g. Cornus, Salix and Rubus.
Seasonal pruning requires an understanding of the plant lifecycle. Do the plants flower and fruit on the current or previous seasons branches, are the plants grown for winter stem colour etc? Understanding these elements will enable correct pruning at the right time of year. An important element of seasonal pruning work is to understand timing of nesting birds, working with nature should be an important part of any garden work. It is also important to use the correct tools that are sharp and well maintained ensuring clean cuts and no cross contamination between plants. All of my tools are well maintained with most hand tools coming from Japan made from high grade steel to ensure high quality sharp cutting edges.