• Coppicing

    Hello! We have a sage leaf willow shrub (Zone 5B) planted almost 2 yrs ago. It was purchased having only 5 long stems, each about 5′ long with 12″ of leaves on each tip. It produced pussy willows this year…

  • Chanticleer ornamental pear

    A neighbour has read that my Chanticleer ornamental pear tree is very likely to come crashing down now that it is more than 15 years old. Should I be worried?…

  • Pruning a Hydrangea Tree

    I have a hydrangea that was planted in 2013. At the time I was told to prune back 4 inches in the spring. Now the tree has gotten so big I feel it needs more pruning to get a better…

  • Dogwood- Pruning or Topping?

    I have a 3 year old dogwood that actually has not flowered yet. My problem is that it is very tall and spindly and I am wondering about topping it to strengthen and encourage a fuller growth. When and how…

  • Cutting back butterfly bush

    Can I cut back my butterflybush like we do perennials so they don’t get to tall? If so do I just nip out the latest shoot from the main stem? and when do I do it?…

  • Training and Trimming climbing hydrangeas

    I bought these climbing hydrangeas 3 years ago. This is the first year they start flowering. My goal is to train them to climb onto the wooden trellis (see attached photo). So far they have been slow to attach themselves…

  • Daffodils not blooming…

    Last growing season I must have been impatient or careless regarding the pruning of my daffodils; probably the former – “impatient”.. In other words I probably cut the daffodil leaves and spent buds back too soon. Because, several of my…

  • Trimming an over grown globe cedar

    I have a globe cedar in my front yard. It was planted six years ago. At that time I was told that I was already 5 year old by the land scraper. Over the years my husband trimmed it a…

  • Pruning Purpleleaf Sand Cherry Shrubs

    I live in Niagara Falls (Zone 6b) and have recently planted a second purpleleaf sand cherry; the first one has been in the ground since 2015. The older shrub is in the back yard and receives full sun, while the…

  • Lilac Tree Pruning

    The scenario described on your page re lilac trees described my problem exactly. However, I cannot reach the top and it is one section of the tree that is obviously dying. Do I need to cut the top and ALL…

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