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Winter Pruning Guide
If you have bigleaf or oakleaf hydrangeas, remove the growth to the double set of buds.You can also remove the dead wood from your crape myrtles over the winter. You should also be sure to sharpen your loppers and secateurs before you start cutting, as...
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Clematis Pruning
If the vine has become tangled and requires a hard cutting back, the best time to do this is after the first flush of bloom, so the vine still has time to put on growth before the end of the season.
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Pruning Groups and Clematis
If it doesn't bloom well that season it is probably an early or midseason plant. Depending on which clematis you have, when you prun can make a difference in whether you have pretty blossoms or simply a green, climbing vine.Clematis vines are classed...
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Clematis, the Versatile Vine
Stay away from fertilizers that are heavy in nitrogen; use an all purpose with an N-P-K of 5-10-10 or a 6-12-12.One of the most asked questions that I receive in my newspaper column is how to prune clematis.Clematis are divided into 3 groups.
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Pruning, pinching and picking
Nature is anxious for plants to grow upwards and get energy from the sun.A plant's goal in existing is to reproduce. The most natural thing in the world for most plants in their first, actively growing stage to do is grow UP.
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Pruning Palms
For the most part, palms are pretty low maintenance trees.Most species never ever need to be pruned... A well-pruned Chamaerops can have a wonderful ornamental appearance an un-pruned plant cannot approach).And Phoenix pruned so that some of the leafbases...
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Time to Tame the Raspberry Jungle
Apply a generous layer (up to eight inches) of organic mulch like straw, compost, or aged manure. The main crop of raspberries is in the fall. Strang,Thanks to Lee Anne Stark for the use of the raspberry picture above, and to Dave's Garden Admin Melody...
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Instead, they encourage the development of roots that inevitably circle around the sides and base of the pot. The quality of your trees or shrubs may surpass anything you can buy at most nurseries, and your plants will have the best start and chance for...
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Pruning, trimming, lopping and aerial wood-cutting.
This person must be able to climb and lower you safely in case of problems and if that isn't possible, they can at least call for help. It is also a common activity for people growing fruit trees as they need to give them a shape that will later on facilitate...
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Lagerstroemia: Caring for Crepe Myrtles from the Bottom Up
The trees were named by Carl Linnaeus in honor of Swedish merchant Magnus von Lagerstroem, whose Far East traders provided the first specimens of crepe myrtles in Europe. Eliminate one of the major trunks if it is leaning too close to a building." recommends...
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Time to Prune Your Fruit Trees
I trimmed it back partially, so I wouldn't hurt the tree when the branch fell due to gravity, which could have caused the damage to the trunk. And since I love apricots, but especially apricot jam, I had no time to waste.
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Nature\'s Surprise
At one time I owned the lot next door to me, and when I sold it, the oak tree I planted in the '70's went with the sale. Even my 5-year-old grandson knows it peels because it is growing.This morning, I did not open the curtains in my bedroom.
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Hydrangeas...How and Where and What... Part II
Most of the other hydrangeas have circular shaped flowers. This is one of the larger hydrangeas, growing to height and width of 8-10 feet if left to do so; these are some of the more hardy specimens and tolerate cold very well.
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Underground Greenhouse Ideas: What Are Pit Greenhouses
The structures, also known as walipini, take advantage of solar radiation and the thermal mass of the surrounding earth. Because they are built into a natural slope, they have very little exposed area.
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Willoughby
My Toxic, Painful Garden Revisited: pruning considerations
And as they get larger and larger, there is less and less room for everybody here.I have a particularly dinky lot for such a large number of plants.And though I am not 100% adverse to having them duke it out, with a ‘survival of the fittest' philosophy,...
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Winter Pruning of Trees, A Timely Task
Did you know that winter is the perfect time to prune most deciduous trees? On new trees you may have to choose from several and choose the most desirable and remove the others.You will also want to remove any branches that are growing inward toward the...
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Pruning the Sacred Tree: Blasphemy or Necessity?
Anyway, we are not in India but on Reunion Island and I was called by a representative of the city hall to conduct a phytosanitary survey on a row of large ficus trees growing alongside a school yard in St-Pierre.
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Climbing and pruning grass, are you kidding?
So some of us were called and came for the duty, not an easy one as you will soon realize!Make sure you click on the images to get enlarged ones!Today's job is to clear the zone, making it open to public again with no hazard left.
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Winter\'s Wrath: Ice and Snow Damage
Don't place shrubs under the eaves of the house--snow and ice can slide off onto the plants, and overflowing gutters can drench plants in heavy ice during freezing weather.Protecting small upright evergreens with multiple leaders (e.g., arborvitae, juniper)...
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Tame too-big bushes with pre-spring pruning
The cut stems will start filling in the bush this spring at the new size and will make flower buds for next year. To reduce the overall size, you'll have to go well into the bush. Besides, with the ground muddy and too cold to work in, what else can you...
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CityGreen: Re-greening a city after a deadly storm
Other cities had not even cleaned up the winter storm damage before the spring storm hit. Trees and grass began to sparkle in the street lights as a thin layer of ice formed. Then, in June, a spring storm hit Tulsa.
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El Segundo
Poinsettia Pruning
This year they've bloomed later and the bracts were still there at the beginning of March, healthy and as beautiful as ever. Just keep the end of the stem above the flame for 5 seconds.
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Hydrangeas...How and Where and What... Part III
Give them a good watering once a month.Hydrangea blooms are very easy to dry and preserve. As they begin to dry they will pick up very interesting hues of color.This has been drying for about three weeks and is starting to show huesYou can also use Rit...
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Secure tree climbing
Basically a friction hitch is a piece of rope set in such a way that it will grip tightly on the climbing rope if weight is put on it but will also be loosened with a slight pressure from the fingers.
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Topiary: Art with Nature, Part 2~How To Do It Yourself
Start at the top of the tree and carefully follow each pruned branch back to the trunk; cut each one off about 1/2-inch from the main leader. Armed with my bypass shears and a roll of orange surveyor's tape, I decided to try my hand at designing a spiral...
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Revitalizing older blueberry bushes
When we bought the farm in 1993, they were between eight and ten feet tall and no longer blooming. We tried a well-known acidic, and waited a year. There was Stan, whacking the bushes down to 18 to 24 inches from the ground.
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El Segundo
Garden Myths Busted: Harpin, Top Pruning, Sanitizing Pruners, Foliar Feeding
Bleach is extremely phototoxic to plants. The product was harpin, which was marketed under the name "Messenger".I too along with many other gardeners hungry for new products "drank the Kool-Aid" and jumped on the bandwagon.
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A Bonus of Blossoms from your February Fruit Tree Pruning
Trees and shrubs suitable for forcing are those that flower before their leaves emerge, like fruit trees.Forcing the branches of any flowering shrub into bloom is primarily a matter of convincing them that warm spring weather has arrived and it is time...
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Hydrangeas...How and Where and What... Part I
In this series of articles I?ll discuss the plant's characteristics, fertilization, site location, planting, pruning, winter protection in the colder climes. After that do not allow the soil to dry out, water as needed.
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