• Apricot tree main branch broke

    Hello, I am not sure if I can explain properly but I have a young apricot tree I bought an year ago. Now I can see leaf and growth but main branch that goes straight up broke during bad season…

  • Pruning a standard lilac tree

    Hi, I have an old standard lilac tree that is getting too big to hold up the branches with the flowers & leaves out. the tree is about 18 years old now….beautifully large round lollipop….but is now too heavy and…

  • smokebush

    I have a young Smokebush that I bought in 2012. it is about three feet high. Do I need to prune this bush and if so, when? Thank you.…

  • Pruning Buddleia

    What is the best time to prune Butterfly Bush?    …

  • Pruning weeping Alaskan cedar

    I have a Weeping Alaskan Cedar that may need pruning. (I attached a photo, hopefully you can see it.) It seems to have 2 leaders (each about 3′ tall) in addition to the main tree (4′ tall). One coming from…

  • Pruning Buddleia (Butterfly bush)

    Hello, I have two butterfly bushes in a back garden that have thrived on neglect. I now realize I need to prune but I have read conflicting advice. Some say cut down stalks to just above soil, others 60 cms,…

  • Pruning Deciduous Hedges

    Hello! I’m looking for advice about a hedge that needs rejuvenation. We’ve neglected it for a few years, and I know we need to do some pretty hard pruning to do that. My question is, should it be in the…

  • Spring pruning

    Hi there, I’m writing to you because I have a couple of questions about some flowers/bushes that I am unsure about. My husband and I moved into our new home last August, therefore I’m still unsure about some of the…

  • How to deal with blight on Kerria japonica

    The caller had observed ‘rust’ patches on the stems of Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’ in a client’s garden which he suspected was a form of blight. The ends of some stems were wilted.  He asked whether he should prune affected stems…

  • Pruning magnolia tree

      A saucer magnolia tree, ,about 20 years old,  has cracks at its base and on limbs. Can the limbs be pruned to help the tree regenerate? It blooms well each year.…