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3/9/2020 2 Comments
Every year about this time, gardeners stand in their yards with pruners in hand ready to cut, whack, saw, and do the meatball. But wait. Not all woody plants should be pruned the same way or at the same time. Other gardeners are intimidated with pruning, get out the hedge sheers or prefer to do nothing. No matter which you are, these helpful tips will boost your confidence and arm you with the know-how to make the right cuts.
* Some shrubs can be intimidating even for experienced gardeners. Elderberry, Flowering Quince, Forsythia, Mock Orange, and Weigela can be pruned using three different techniques. One is known as rejuvenation which involves cutting all the branches back hard to about 6 inches from the ground. This stimulates an explosion of new growth and is best used when shrubs have grown out of control. If this is too drastic for you, break it into a three-year plan. Every year for three years, remove one-third of the oldest canes to the ground level. By year three, you'll have a completely new, nicely-shaped, healthy shrub. The other two methods for the unprunables are described here.
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Fruit Tree Care in Spring
We get lots of questions every spring about fruit trees, including when and how to prune. The following should help answer your questions:
Tracy Hankwitz, horticulturist and General Manager at Burlington Garden Center.
8/24/2022 02:57:32 am
Amazing content must say. In order to ensure optimal results, it is important to follow some key tips when engaging in Spring pruning. It is generally best to wait until the plant has fully flowered before pruning, as this allows you to better assess which areas need to be trimmed. Additionally, it is important to use sharp tools when pruning, as this will help reduce the risk of damage to the plant. Great stuff!!
1/5/2023 02:12:16 am
It improves airflow, encourages better branch distribution, fruit and flower production, and keeps dead or diseased parts of plants, shrubs, and trees from taking over an otherwise healthy organism. Spring pruning also helps to control the size and shape of both trees and shrubs.
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