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Evergreen Pruning: When, Why, How

Pruning can do so much for your evergreen shrubs and trees, from shaping them to making them look fuller. But you have to know how and when to do it to keep them healthy.

Winter Fun

Known to some of us as winter garden chores, here are a few things you should be doing in the garden right now to prepare for a great growing season next year.

Learn to Avoid these Crimes Against Horticulture!

The concept of "crimes against horticulture" is the creation of writer/landscape architect/humorist/rock drummer Billy Goodnick, who loves to find examples, attach funny captions, and post them to his Crimes against Horticulture Facebook page. That page collects photos of what Billy…

How to do Late Winter Pruning

Below are pruning tips from tree and shrub expert John Shearin: Why Prune? Indeed, it’s best to have a reason to prune before picking up the loppers and lopping away willy-nilly.  So here are some good reasons for pruning in…

Boxwoods for Formal AND Naturalistic Gardens

Here’s a plant we think of as too formal, too boring, too (fill in the blank).  But I suspect our criticisms of boxwoods are based primarily on the way they’re traditionally grown – pruned to soldierly uniformity. So I offer…

Notes from a Winter Pruning Workshop

  I traveled to Arlington, VA last weekend for the winter pruning instruction given by Kirsten Conrad Buhls, Extension Agent, and her well-trained Tree Stewards. It was kinda cold for note-taking, but thankfully there were hand-outs.     Pruning Tips…

Pruning Matters Field Guide

Eight Steps For A Better Pruning Experience

This time of year has us checking off many projects that get our lives in order, both inside the house and out in the garden. Pruning is a part of our garden maintenance each year and can be a frustrating…

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