Q. I am trying to train clematis and five-leaf akebia to climb trees. What are good supports to use that won't damage the vines?
Q. Why do apple trees drop their fruit early? We have an old apple tree on our property that produces pocked, rotten apples.
Q. I have several old apple trees in serious need of pruning. When is a good time to do this?
Q. When is the best time to prune a cherry tree?
Q: My red-twig dogwood stems don't seem to be as bright red as they used to be. What is the problem?
Q. When is the correct time to prune evergreen hedges?
Q: Please advise on the best time to prune hydrangeas.
Q: Why doesn’t my lilac bloom in the spring?
Q. How and when should a crabapple and peach tree be pruned?
Q. When is the best time of year to prune my trees and shrubs?
Q. When is the best time to prune boxwood shrubs?
A. Established boxwood shrubs requiring little or no pruning. The best time for overall pruning to shape boxwoods is in the early spring. However, trimming stray branches and thinning cuts can be done anytime during the growing season.
Q. Is there is anything I can do now in the garden to make next spring’s work easier?
A. Here are some general recommendations for tasks to do now to prepare for next spring:
Q. What can I do now to care for my established roses?
Q. How do I force spring-flowering branches indoors?
Q. When should I prune my mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius)?
Q. How and when should I prune my trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)?
Q. How do I keep cut greenery fresh indoors for the holidays?
Q: When and how should I deadhead and prune my roses?
A: Deadheading—the removal of spent flowers—is a form of pruning. Before making pruning decisions about your roses, it is best to determine the type of rose, and how and when it blooms. Roses are divided into different types based on common characteristics.
Pruning cuts should be made on a 45-degree angle, ¼ inch above an outward-facing bud or five-leaf axil. Dead, diseased, spindly, or crossing branches can be removed at any time.