Should We Trim Shrubs And Trees In Late Summer?

When does late summer end, and early fall begin? Maybe it’s a half-empty versus half-full debate. At some point yard and garden tasks make the switch. Fresh summer vegetables finish up, replaced by fall harvest of potatoes, squash, pumpkins and onions. What about the overgrown lilac that we never quite got around to trimming earlier. Can it…
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Protesting Unnatural Shrub Pruning

I never like to speak unkindly of any gardening endeavor, but when shrubs are sheared tightly into ugly cones and basketball shapes, enough is enough. Leafy (deciduous) shrubs can be pruned now in springtime, preferably before they leaf out fully. A little touch-up trimming can be done through the growing season. Evergreens are best pruned…
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Spring Rejuvenation Of Overgrown Shrubs

I’ve got two questions. First, do you have an overgrown shrub? And second, do you trust me? What I’m about to recommend takes a leap of faith. Many of us have shrubs that have become overgrown in our yards and landscapes. Lilacs, dogwood, spirea, mockorange and potentilla can become less beautiful with age as the…
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Is It Too Late To Prune Trees And Shrubs?

Before we get to our pruning question, have you heard the latest breakthrough in plant breeding? A scientist successfully crossed a four-leaf clover with poison ivy. He had a rash of good luck. Joking aside, we’ve had great gardening weather this fall to get pre-winter preparations finished. But someone recently asked if it’s too late…
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