Japanese Maple Damage

I live in Northern California. We have two Japanese maples. Our gardener pruned one of the trees in the early winter, mostly just cutting small branches on one side to prevent the leaves from filling our gutter. The tree is…

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…

Pear Tree

In the last 2 years my pear tree has had its leaves covered with orange discolouring and no pears are produced. Tiny mites are visible.  Other trees in the neighbourhood have been affected.  Can the tree be saved and/or cured…

Making rosemary go dormant

I understand that not all cultivars of rosemary are hardy enough to survive our zone, and read that it’s possible to hard prune rosemary in the fall and force it into dormancy. My question is: How cold does it need…

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…

japanese maple in container

Can a small  Japanese maple grow in the large container on the balcony? I have east exposure (morning sun only) and if can, which soil can I use.…

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.…

Spraying

Is it necessary to spray a peach tree and if so what would be considered organic and safe?…