How to Prune Lavender

We use a power trimmer to prune lavender into mounds.




People ask us how to prune lavender, and our advice is, get really tough with it this month!  Prune it back almost to the wood, but not quite, water it, and let it put on a little growth and then harden off before the frosts, which come to us in Napa in November.  Pruning aggressively extends the life of your lavender. It will not become rank.

How Not to Prune:

Although it may not matter as much in
landscaping, and you may like it as a backdrop,
if you don’t prune aggressively yearly, the
plant will become tall and woody.

Here is an example of landscaping lavender not pruned back
soon enough and tough enough. It will have to be replaced sooner than later.