• Pruning an apple tree whip

    Hello Master Gardeners, This past summer I posted a question on what to do with an apple tree seedling over its first winter because I wasn’t sure whether to bring it inside. I received a response saying I should plant…

  • Trimming Outdoor Cactus

    We have an outdoor cactus of the Escobaria or Coryphantha and Opuntia variety (http://cwf-fcf.org/en/resources/encyclopedias/flora/cacti-of-canada.html) We have had this cactus for quite a few years, but it has now spread onto our patio. I want to keep the cactus, but I…

  • Dying and Dried Out Cedar Hedge

    I have a privacy hedge at the back of my Ottawa home. The hedge is about 40 feet wide and is about 12-14 feet high. It backs up against and along an identical hedge owned by my neighbour. It is…

  • Do I keep the leader on my paperbark maple?

    Hi there — we’ve had our paperbark maple for over two years now. I love the leaves and textured bark (when raccoons & squirrels aren’t removing it). But the leader has been bare this whole time as have a few…

  • Pruning Hydrangea paniculata ’Renhy’

    Northern NY. Harsh winter on the St. Lawrence River. Tree has survived and thrived one winter. It is full of blossoms and we are leaving for the winter next week. Do we cut off the blossoms before we go?…

  • Gooseberries

    Our gooseberry bush this year produced absolutely no berries In previous years it has produced enormous crops. To my knowledge I did nothing unusual this season. I mildly pruned the bush in the fall just as in previous years. I’m…

  • Hydrangea

    This hydrangea is four years old. for the past three years it has gotten really heavy and I need to stake it which I don’t want to do. I prune it heavily in the spring to about 3 – 4…

  • Trimming Alberta Spruce

    Hello! We have bought my mother-in-law’s house recently, sadly she has let her garden go for the last few years and everything is horribly overgrown. There are two giant evergreen trees on either side of the walk to the door…

  • Limelight Hydrangrea Tree

    I live in MN and my Hydrangree tree has very heavy blooms that are hanging in my birdbath. Is it okay to just clip the heavy blooms off in the summer or should I wait until fall?…

  • Rose of Sharon

    I have a four or five year old pink rose of sharon with single blooms. The blooms open serially one by one from the base of each branch up to the tip. I’ve seen a few bushes around like this…

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