• 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.…

  • Pruning floral fairy roses

    Hello I was wondering if all these dead leaves will fall off this rose bush or should I take them off. There are buds everywhere. I will prune some but wondering if these leaves should be taken off as well.…

  • When to Prune Oakleaf Hydrangea

      I have a 7 ft tall Oakleaf Hydrangea Hedge that has become too large and wide at the side of my driveway. It is obstructing getting the car into and out of the garage. When can I prune it?…

  • Carol Mackie daphne

    I live in New Lowell Ontario I have a beautiful mature daphne in front of my living room window but I think it is too big for that spot. It has morning sun and afternoon house shade. I would like…

  • Pruning Mature White Cedar Trees

    I live in Toronto. My back yard has a hedge of 40-50 ft. white cedar trees. The branches have spread 6-8 feet from the truck. I would like to prune the branches back to 4 feet. Will this harm the…

  • Overwintering ferns

    I am keeping my ferns in the basement for the winter. Should I trim the ferns back while inside during the winter?…