Pruning a young Purple Robe Locust *

Hello, Just last summer (2015) I planted a 16′ purple robe locust in my west-facing front yard in Toronto. We fertilized and watered this plant aggressively and it has now grown to about 30′ and is really taking hold. Is…

False Spirea *

I live near Philadelphia, Pa. and have a False Spirea that blooms in August. When can I start to prune it and trim it back; it’s starting to get overgrown?.…

Pruning a Jade Plant*

Hello I have a Jade plant that is very important to me. It is an indoor plant. We do not get much sun indoors so I have been putting it out on my balcony lately. It has long hanging branches…

Pruning Smoke Bush*

Hi, I just bought a smoke bush and although it does not need pruning yet, I have been reading about it so I can care for it properly. I came across one of your guides for pruning it. It says…

Overgrown vines *

Hello, we recently moved into our house in Parkdale (Toronto). The backyard came with several sets of pretty overgrown vines. I can identify a honeysuckle and a Virginia creeper though I believe there’s at least one other as well. I’m…

Pruning a Willow Tree*

My 15 year old willow tree has most of its branches on one side thanks to my neighbors aggressive trimming of branches he didn’t like. I would like to start some new branches to balance out the tree. How can…

Ornamental Cherry Trees*

Our ornamental cherry tree has some dead branches in it, which were there last year too. I think the two very cold winters we had might be the cause. I have been water, water, watering and have added fertilizing spikes…

Irregular Lilac Blossom*

Hi – we are here in Toronto and recently discovered this irregular bloom and stem and foliage on our lilac bush. It’s flat and corduroy looking – see photos below. Do you know what would cause this? Many Thanks!…