cutting back

  • coppicing

    What Is Coppicing, and How Is It Done?

    Coppicing is an age-old practice in which a tree or shrub is cut to the ground or almost to the ground. This severe cutback stimulates the root system to produce…

  • Bluestar (Amsonia spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9)

    Can I Cut This Back?

    If you have never cut back a perennial during the growing season, it can be a little scary to take the pruners to it. Here is the timing for some…

  • How-To

    How to Grow Tomatoes in Containers

    When my husband retired from the Navy and we set about gardening on Florida’s panhandle, tomatoes were high on our list of things to grow. We tried valiantly to rise…