Pruning

Renewal Pruning

What is renewal pruning? Renewal pruning is referred to as rejuvenation pruning; the severe cutback of deciduous shrubs for a response of new, succulent growth. This is done to a number of shrubs to promote better health, prolonged life, and better fruiting and flowering of the plant.
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Hedging in the Now

The widespread use of both formal and informal hedges in American landscapes can be traced back through colonial times and beyond. Formal hedges of boxwood, holly, and yew originate often with the well-known French and English castle gardens. Informal hedges of willow, Rose of Sharon,
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Pears with Purpose

My daughter LOVES juicy, ripe pears. As soon as we get some from the store she devours them. But when I tell her our pears in the orchard are loaded with fruit this year, she wants to go an d eat them right now, not waiting until fall when then ripen. I too have good memories of a jui
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Winter Evergreen Maintenance

This week I went to an old landscape along the Missouri River. It was filled with evergreens. Old, mature dwarf Alberta spruces, boxwood hedges, screens of arborvitae, and the occasional holly filled the landscape with green color year round. I was there to consult on the landscape-ma
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Last Days for Pruning!

When pruning to increase blooming, it is vital to know what time of year the plant blooms. Generally, if it flowers in the spring, it is blooming on growth from last year. If it blooms in late summer or fall, it flowers on new growth in the current year. These two categories of bloome
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Hybrid Teas & Floribunda Rose Planting Tips

A rose bush can provide years of enjoyment, but only if it is properly cared for.  Here are some basic guidelines that we hope will help you be successful with your new rose.  If you do not plant your rose bush right away, be sure to water it thoroughly daily until it is planted.  Soi
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Landscape Maintenance: The Who, Why, What, and When

A well maintained landscape, with annuals
When friends and neighbors ask me what I do for Grimm’s Gardens, I have a difficult time explaining my job. As the landscape maintenance foreman, I have a job that entails much attention to detail, a vast knowledge of plant life and growth stages, electrical and plumbing maintenance,
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DIY Fruit Tree Pruning

Winter Peaches
Mid-February is time to begin pruning your fruit trees! I have been pruning for two decades now and I am still learning better ways to prune my trees. Even the experts need to learn new tricks! I don’t own any fruit myself, but I care for my mother’s apple orchard, a privately funded
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What Stays, What Goes: Pruning Technique

Do you have a young tree, just a few years planted in your yard?  Maybe you have a medium sized tree that is rubbing against your house and making creepy sounds.  If you have either, you probably need to prune.  The question is, “Where do I start??” To begin: First you need to inspect
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Pruning Fruit

Another round of snow is on the ground and winter is really bearing down on us! Now you should be holed up in your living rooms, browsing through seed catalogs and dreaming about all the flowers of summer. Even still, it is time to start thinking about pruning your fruit trees and ber
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