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Pruning

  • Design

    Northwest May Garden To-Do List

    Now that May’s warmer weather is upon us, it’s time to think about the coming warm weather of late spring and summer in the Pacific Northwest. I suspect this year…

  • How-To

    Your Guide to Winter Pruning

    February is a wonderful time to get out into the garden and prune trees and shrubs for performance and aesthetics. There are several other reasons to prune in winter, such…

  • Design

    Extending the Gardening Season

    I was recently having coffee with a friend who isn’t a gardener, and he remarked how I must have tons of free time now that fall is almost over. With…

  • How-To

    The Dos and Don’ts of Pruning Euphorbia

    Euphorbia growth is either caulescent (having stems above ground all year) or acaulescent (having only seasonal stems above ground). A third group of spurges, less common, stays woody year-round. These…

  • How-To

    How to Prune Beautyberries

    Pruning beautyberries is frequently necessary to keep them looking neat and tidy—and it’s fairly straightforward. Late winter is the time to do it, because beautyberries bloom and set fruit on…

  • How-To

    Southeast: September Garden To-Do List

    Cut back perennials. If rhizomatous perennials have spread too far, dig out divisions and pot up or move to a new location. If earlier-blooming perennials are ragged, it’s fine to…

  • How-To

    Midwest July Garden To-Do List

    Monitor for insects and diseases. Use an integrated pest management (IPM) approach by first determining your threshold for taking action. Through inspection and monitoring, identify the pest or disease and…

  • How-To

    Southern California June Garden To-Do List

    Do some last-minute planting. Call me crazy, but I love June gloom. We all know that the heat is going to come and stay for a while, so I always…

  • How-To

    What’s the Deal with the Chelsea Chop?

    Pretty much any gardening book that’s worth its salt mentions the Chelsea Chop—but most do only that. The introduction of the concept is usually followed by some variation of this…

  • How-To

    Top 20 Tools

    I can’t remember how many trowels I’ve owned/broken over the years. I have an unmatched ability to shorten the life of any gardening implement used for digging. In my defense,…

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