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?…

Training and Trimming Climbing Hydrangeas

I bought these climbing hydrangeas 3 years ago. This is the first year they start flowering. My goal is to train them to climb onto the wooden trellis (see attached photo). So far they have been slow to attach themselves…