Monthly Archives: February 2015

  1. Pinching Back Plants

    Pinching back sounds like it would hurt doesn't it? I remember getting pinched when I was younger and it usually meant I had done something to deserve it.  It sure didn't help me grow, even though I did learn not to do whatever caused the pinching again. Even so, I did grow, didn't I? As counterintuitive as this sounds,  pinching back plants can actually produce more flowers and even more foliage on a plant. It helps the plant to put out energy on new growth. To pinch back, you will want to make sure that the plant is at least 2-4 inches tall.

    I will use Petunias as an example as I look forward to pinching them back every year and seeing the new growth and flowers appear. To pinch back I would locate a new shoot and pinch it back at the center of the stem between the leaves. Just take your fingers and pinch it off. The pinching will not only cause the p

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  2. Pruning Lilacs

    Lilacs are low-maintenance, easy to grow, and are very hardy plants. They offer good summer shade once they have reached their mature height, and do provide privacy from the neighbors! The average size for a lilac bush is approximately 10 feet (3.04 m). Tackling the job of trimming, shaping, and pruning lilacs is easiest when you know how. Pruning should be done immediately after the flowers have died off. With a little pruning knowledge and how to replenish the old wood with new shoots, the shrubs can last a lifetime.

    Plan to prune your lilacs at the end of the bloom season, which occurs in early summer. Pruning too late will result in a reduction of blooms in the next season.

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  3. Tree Pruning

    Tree pruning videos at times can get somewhat long and actually boring. This tree pruning video is approximately 1 minute in length and gives several great tips.

    This video covers pruning small branches to an example of a tree that was improperly topped, along with tools you will need to prune your tree.

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  4. Growing Amazing Fruit: Techniques for Success (public domain image)

    Growing fruit trees in the continental United States normally dictates that we plant deciduous fruit trees. An exception would be citrus fruit trees, which are grown in subtropical zones (zones 9 and 10), or in containers for inside temperature control. Nursery grown fruit trees are usually orchard quality trees that are grown by fruit growers and the backyard gardener for producing backyard fruit.

    The zone in which the fruit grower is located is critical for success for the many fruit varieties that are offered. All nursery grown fruit tree varieties have zone recommendations on the tags or in the nursery

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