pruning trees

  • pruning japanese maples
    How-To

    An Easy Approach to Pruning Japanese Maples

    The first trees appeared on earth about 400 million years ago, and they did just fine for many millennia before humans arrived on the scene. So before we get all…

  • pruning young trees
    How-To

    Proper Pruning for Young Trees

    The act of planting a deciduous tree, particularly one you know will get quite large, comes with thoughts of the size and grandeur it will achieve over time. Knowing what…

  • dormant fruit trees
    How-To

    Deciduous Fruit Tree Pruning Primer

    January and February mean that deciduous fruit tree pruning season is upon many of us. Although this garden task can be intimidating, there are some things to keep in mind…

  • pruning arborvitae
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    How to Prune an Arborvitae That’s Too Tall or Wide

    Arborvitaes (Thuja spp. and cvs., Zones 3–11) are a familiar staple in American gardens. Cultivars of Eastern arborvitae (T. occidentalis, Zones 3–7), Oriental arborvitae (T. orientalis, Zones 6–11), and giant…

  • arborvitae with deer damage
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    Avoid These Arborvitae Pruning Pitfalls

    Arborvitaes (Thuja spp. and cvs., Zones 3–11) are a familiar staple in American gardens. Cultivars of Eastern arborvitae (T. occidentalis, Zones 3–7), Oriental arborvitae (T. orientalis, Zones 6–11), and giant Western…

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    Pruning Spring-Flowering Trees

    Spring reaches its blooming crescendo with spring-flowering trees. Dogwoods (Cornus spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9), redbuds (Cercis spp. and cvs., Zones 4–10), crabapples (Malus spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9)—the list…

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    How to Get Started With Espalier

      Espalier is a technique that can add serious wow-factor to your garden. It means to grow your tree two-dimensionally. This saves space, and makes it easier to attend to…