Issue #186, July 27, 2012*
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This week our nod and "No!" go to:
Up to telling others what you're doing and why. Maybe they listen, maybe they don't. You can call it teaching or just admit you talk to yourself as you garden -- in every case it will help you grow. We share with you a classic but unexpected example.
Pruning tops the charts in our email and Forum questions.
It's what we do and help others do -- from the extreme "Holey moley" cuts to the more modest modifications often reviewed as, "Have you clipped that yet?" This article is a jumping-off point to help you build pruning confidence. Features pines and yews illustrating the basics and will expand with real-time coverage of other landscape standard plants and situations as we complete our summer pruning hit list.
How to join us to learn with your hands, and why you should not miss the August 8 session.
Lists, dates and examples for determining a best time of year for the plant and the effect you want. Includes a summary of options for out of control plants, from cut-all-at-once to gradual makeovers.
Certainly you can simply pinch the "candles" on a pine, but if you don't like the dumpling form that develops, here's how to reshape the plant. Reassurance through photos of an 18 month transformation.
If your vision was for crisp cones but the plants have not cooperated, here's how to bring them back into focus and then keep them in line. Viewers please be prepared for shocking cuts... and accept our lifesaver links to hold-the-line and gradual reclamation techniques.
Wondering if now is the time to cut your (your plant's name here)? Want to see what we're planning to prune? Here's an illustrated, evolving line-up.
No matter what it is it can be kept small with five steps that settle into a two-step dance. This article lists and illustrates the steps, first with simple diagrams and then with photographs of bringing that all-too-common overgrown yew hedge into line.
It's shaped unnaturally and you object -- not to the artifice but to the shape. How to create your own fanciful form.
Confidence comes with experience, so take some of ours -- please! Here's what a hard-cut yew or arb will look like during, immediately after your work, and 12 months later.
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