Pruning a Double Kerria

We planted a double kerria in July 2017. This year I notice a circle of new growth about 20 centimeters from the original clump. Should I remove this new growth and the suckers supporting it and if so, how do…

Pruning Japanese Maples

Good morning, we live in East York (St. Clair and O’connor area) and have a 7-8 year old Japanese Maple in our front yard, western exposure. We want to prune it’s heigth and are wonder if now (April 7th, 2019)…

Evergreen Plant Identification

Hello, Can you please identify this evergreen plant? It is overgrown in my backyard and I would like to know how and when I can prune it without damaging the plant. I really appreciate your help.  …

Pruning Manitoba Maple Stump

My neighbour’s large Manitoba maple fell down in my garden a few years ago. A very good arborist cleared it all away and now, with my neighbour’s permission, I trim the green shoots from the remaining stump every spring and…

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?…