• Cedar Hedges

    We live east just off the island of Montreal. We have a 10-foot high cedar hedge & wish to reduce the height. Can we cut it by 1 foot? 2 feet? Or more without killing the cedars? When is the…

  • Trumpet Vine, Wild Grape, Climbing Hydrangea

    I have 3 vines I would ideally like to remove or at least reduce as much as possible. How do I prune without encouraging too much growth? Zone 6 (close to the bluffs on lake Ontario), soil is clay 1)…

  • Boxwood Hedges

    I think I have not been trimming my boxwood hedge properly. The branches are falling off to the sides and after a rain there are gaps where the branches are too heavy to retain the shape I have trimmed them…

  • Pruning Wisteria

    would you please advise me when to prune wisteria and how much to prune. I have had this plant for years and it seems to have about 2 blooms per year now.…

  • Pruning Japanese Maple

    Hello – We’d very much appreciate your opinion on our Japanese Maple. We want to prune it into a vase shape so it can stop hitting visitors and let us see other plantings. It’s about 20 years old. The trunk…

  • 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?…