Proper Pruning for Petunias—Keep them compact and blooming all season.

Petunias are beautiful, quick, and fun to grow. Here’s how to keep them pretty all summer. Trude visited us the other day. She said, “John, you said you would tell me how to grow a well-shaped petunia, but you never did.” I reached for the pruning shears and led her over to a nice plant […]

Pruning and Shaping Techniques for Trees and Shrubs

Every year when the first cool front of October rolls in I get lots and lots of questions about pruning their landscape and house plants. For years I have enjoyed shaping plants while picturing what they will look like next year or after several years have passed. This week I have gone into my daunting […]

February Jobs For the Winter-Weary Gardener

If you’re knee-deep in snow can spring be far behind? The snow went away, the sun came out and we got busy. It’s time to get things done. Nelson Magee likes for his yaupon hollies to look good all the time. They were getting a bit shaggy. We practice a modified version of “cloud pruning” […]

Pruning a Japanese maple

Japanese maples are special and as such they require special treatment. They are such cute little trees when we plant them but after a while they get much larger. It is a matter of personal preference as to whether the tree looks better in its natural state or whether it is more desirable to prune it. I am generally of the latter opinion.