Posts Tagged ‘pruning’

Loropetalum

Q: My neighbor has a variety of loropetalum in her yard that is very dark purple and stays that way all year. It is not that dull green color that sometimes looks purple. It is very low and bushy. Can...

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Bradford Pear – Fire Blight

Q: Can you tell me what is wrong with my two Bradford pear trees? They have black leaves and dead ends on many of the branches. A: Your pears have fire blight. This disease is caused by bacteria rather than...

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Crape Myrtle – Don’t Prune in Fall

Q: I have seven crape myrtles. I want to cut them back in October so I won’t have to clean up their shedding leaves. Plus, I think their leafless stems are ugly in the winter. How low can they be...

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Kimberly Queen Fern

Q: I planted Kimberly Queen ferns in my shaded garden last year and they were beautiful until the ice storm hit. They, of course, died shortly thereafter, but I am noticing that there are green grape-like things on the ground...

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Leyland Cypress – Repairing Vandalized

Q: I planted 12 Leyland Cypress trees approx 3 years ago to grow as a privacy hedge between me and my neighbors. They have done very well and were approx 8-10 ft tall. Today, I found 2 of them vandalized...

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Scale – On Boxwood

Q: Down deep on my boxwood stems I have found white-looking things that are very rounded in shape. When I pull them off their underside is blood red. I can squash them between my fingers and they crunch a bit....

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Fig – Pruning

Q: I have heard several descriptions of how to prune a fig but some seem to conflict. What is the timing and severity of pruning the trees? A: Figs try to bear two crops per year. After a mild winter,...

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Meyer Lemon – Pruning

Q: How do I prune my Meyer lemon? A: This articles from a Meyer Lemon Tree website explains it all. Pruning a Meyer...

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Leyland Cypress – Too Big

Q: I heard you say on your radio show that Leyland cypress can be pruned way back. Mine were planted in 1991 when they were two feet tall. Now they have kind of got away from me. Is there anything...

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English Ivy – Remove from Trees

Q: I have a question about the best way to manage ivy. In particular, I am looking for some advice on how to trim ivy down from the base of trees so that the ivy doesn’t grow too high. How...

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Pruning – Good Books

Q: I would like a good reference book on shrub and tree trimming. I am never sure how much to trim off my plants in the winter. A: Most pruning knowledge is gained simply by doing it frequently and observing...

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Angel Trumpet – Care

Q: I have a seven foot tall angel trumpet plant. It has numerous large white trumpet flowers. I would like to keep it alive for next year but someone told me it would freeze. Can I cut it down and...

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Photinia – Leaf Spot

Q: I have a row of red tips between me and my neighbor. I notice that the bushes at one end are losing leaves. The leaves also have dark circular spots on them. I do not know how to save...

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Gardenia – Pruning

Q: I have some gardenia bushes that are about five feet tall. They are so top heavy that I have to tie them back for them to stand erect. Should I prune back the limbs occasionally to allow the stems...

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Juniper – Pruning

Q: We have some huge junipers as a border around the house. They are now ten or twelve feet high and leaning to the point of almost falling over. They have become a lot larger than expected. We would like...

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Boxwood – Pruning

Q: What is the best way to prune boxwoods? A: Electric hedge trimmers are the devil’s tool when it comes to boxwoods. The trimmers are so easy to use, it is tempting to make green meatballs out of your landscape...

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Plum – Black Knot

Q: Many of the limbs and branches on my plum and cherry trees have hard, scaley cases encircling them. I’ve tried to cut into them but it takes a strong knife. It’s almost like they’re part of the tree. What...

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Wax Scale – Control

Q: Down deep on my boxwood stems I have found white-looking things that are very rounded in shape. When I pull them off their underside is blood red. I can squash them between my fingers and they crunch a bit....

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