The Benefits of Deadheading Your Garden Plants

It’s important to know when to cut back. On your flowers, that is! Deadheading is a common practice designed to keep your plants and shrubs looking picture perfect and encourage proper growth the following year.

Read on to find out more about deadheading from Lawnmowers Direct, the lawn care and gardening experts.

What is deadheading?

Deadheading is the process of cutting back plants—including hanging baskets, beds and borders—to encourage a larger, more attractive bloom in the following cycle.

The process itself can be carried out on most flowering plants and is very easy, consisting of simply cutting flowers from plants when they’re fading using appropriate garden shears.

Why deadhead?

As flowers such as roses fade they lose their attractive appeal. Left untouched, these flowers will discolour and rot on the plant or in your flower bed, spoiling its appearance and resulting in debris.

By deadheading your plants you can:

    Maintain a neat flower bed
    Prevent rotting of flowers
    Avoid repeated tidying
    Achieve better blooms

What, when and how?


Most plants will benefit from deadheading. The most common plants to deadhead include:

    Bedding plants
    Hanging baskets


There’s no set season when it comes to deadheading. Every plant variety is different, and so is the time it’ll need to be cut back. As a rule of thumb, you’re safe to deadhead your blooms as soon as they start to look tired.


Best practice for deadheading is to do little and often. If you notice a flower that’s seen better days, spare a few seconds to take it off then and there. Using garden shears will ensure a clean, precise cut, even on the more hardy stems and branches.

For more information about deadheading and plant care tools, get in touch with a member of the Lawnmowers Direct team today.