On the Cutting “Hedge”

Pruning questions are one of the most asked and misunderstood issues on my radio show. It is often a source of contention resulting in a marital spat and me mediating between feuding spouses. Most of the time he wants to use power equipment slashing and “trimming” and she wants him to do it right or not do it at all.


When do I prune? Should I prune? How far do I prune? Of course there are rules of Green Thumb and as always exceptions to the rule. I put together a synopsis on pruning in general as well as some specifics that are commonly asked on the Flowerland show. Click on this link and let’s be careful out there and keep peace in the family. http://www.myflowerland.com/caresheets/pdf/pruning-tips.pdf

Shear Madness

March is notorious for madness. Madness as in dribbling shooting and tournament bracket madness. March is also a time for “shear” madness. Last chance dormant pruning for healthier better branched trees and shrubs. When pruning deciduous plants when dormant there is little or no disease and insect activity. Without foliage the job is easier, more efficient and more accurate. Pruning deciduous plants when dormant makes them grow more vigorously in spring. Dormant pruning reduces the number of buds and foliage to share the food stored in the roots over winter as the plant goes to work in spring. Conversely summer and fall pruning reduces the number of leaves to produce food stored in the roots for the following season’s surge. An exception to these general pruning rules is that if the plant has been well maintained and doesn’t require major neglected pruning with  spring bloomers like Cherry trees or Forsythia it may be good to wait until right after blooming. Enjoy the blooms and then exercise “Shear Madness” later. If you want some “heducational” instruction on pruning you might want to get your tickets to our pruning seminar in April at Flowerland. Here is the link to order your tickets so you can “tailor your plants!” http://www.myflowerland.com/events/

Spring in the New Year!

May your lawn this year be lush, your garden floriforous, your tomatoes red. May you enjoy the sweet smell of soil and experience the joy of sweat dripping off your nose at the end of rewarding project. I hope you find joy in the textures of the landscape and rewards from the sweet scent of a flower’s fragrance. Celebrate the bounty of fresh vegetables and the sensation of a colorful garden. May you also learn to celebrate the failures that teach you to enjoy the successes that much more. You made it to 2010…..congratulations. May the seeds you plant this year all sprout and may they make the lives of those around you better. That’s the great thing about gardening…..hope springs eternal, a fresh start every year. Cultivate it wisely my friend, I look forward to celebrating it with you as we “spring” in the New Year. Happy New Year!

May Your Compost Pile have a Rotten Day

Don’t forget to be out there adding carbon and green materials and turning your compost piles! You’ll be rewarded “black gold” next year when your thoughts turn from decking the halls to planting tomatoes! Even if the weather is cold and snowy, a compost pile is a vacation from wintery weather. It will give you a rewarding feeling of doing something constructive for your garden and landscape even though it’s the dead of winter. Here’s a link to one of my WZZM TV 13 segments to help you maintain your “composture”…..