Thursday, January 30, 2014

How To Prune Tree-Like Shrubs

Are you wondering what to do with that "big green hippopotamus of a shrub" outside your window? Here's a video from Cass Turnbull of Plant Amnesty, describing how to do a proper job of pruning large shrubs.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Common Pruning Mistakes

In our area, January and February is the time to prune woody plants, except those that bloom in spring. (Which you could prune if you want to, but then you would be cutting off all the flower buds.)

Of all the things people do in gardens, pruning seems to me to be the one thing everyone thinks they know how to do and almost everyone, even those who are supposedly professionals, gets wrong. This drives me crazy because once a plant has been butchered, it can't be put back together again.

So to get 2014 off to a good start, I am going to post pruning videos from Plant Amnesty, featuring Cass Turnbull. Cass has been a landscape gardener for 30 years and she's seen it all. She's opinionated, funny and a good teacher. So watch and learn. And then visit her website for more information.