Finish pruning spring blooming shrubs by middle of June if needed:
Azalea, Cytisus, Deutzia, Forsythia, Lilac, Loropetalum, Photinia, Quince, Rosemary, Spiraea, Viburnum, Weigela etc.
Prune evergreen shrubs if needed:
Boxwood, Camellia, Holly, Juniper, Laurel, Leucothoe, Ligustrum.
Evergreen shrubs with winter burn of the outer leaves are telling you what was just leaf loss and what was stem damage. New growth should be well along and any remaining areas of visible damage should be tidied up. Evergreen or not, If it’s not sprouting by now, the branch is dead and should be removed.
Fig trees killed to the ground this winter should have new growth emerging from the base if the roots survived. Remove all dead wood and give it another go with the sprouts. Since they are growing off of an established root system, you’ll have better luck by regrowing your old fig than planting a new one.
Prune macrophylla hydrangeas after bloom, but only if necessary. They are best pruned by removing older stems to the ground rather than shortening stems. One-time bloomers damaged by this winter’s cold may not bloom this year, or may bloom from smaller, secondary buds if only the ends of the branches were damaged. Where the entire shrub turned brown and now has fresh new growth coming up, cut all brown stems back to the ground.
Butterfly bush and Knockout Roses can be shaped any time after first flush of bloom to reduce size and keep tidy. They should re-bloom within 6 weeks. If your butterfly bush was killed to the ground, cut back all dead branches. You will get blooms this year, unlike single bloom hydrangeas, as butterfly bush flowers from new growth.
Ugh! What’s nastier than a sack of crawly caterpillars hanging from your trees? How about a dozen of ‘em?
Quick tips for avoiding the fungal disease Brown Patch in lawns
Blueberries make great container plants! Watch this video from our friends at Espoma for tips and see how easy it is to grow blueberries in containers.
Good container plantings require little maintenance aside from watering and can enhance your home through the spring, summer, and fall.
Unlike some other flowering plants, crapes will develop their flower buds on new growth.
With over 1,700 different species, Begonias (family Begoniaceae) is the fifth most diverse class of plants.
Organic methods can be very effective when used preventively or before pest populations become too large.
Is your forsythia starting to bloom for Christmas? Here's why some plants flower during warm winter days.
This is a question we have been asked frequently this fall.
Where and why this is not bad advice, and where it’s a terrible idea.
Plant some of these low-maintenance (and critter resistant) spring bloomers this fall.
Don’t wait until your summer annuals give up the ghost to plant your fall pansies!
Don't cut too much if you decide to tidy up your crape myrtles in late summer and fall!
It looks like someone Silly Stringed your garden, but it's actually a whole lot weirder.
Rose sawfly is a common pest of roses. Identifying rose sawfly damage is important to select the best control methods.
There is a method to insure that you can have fresh cilantro all summer.
Camellias are relatively unfussy and problem-free shrubs, but they can develop camellia leaf gall, a unique and odd-looking disease.
Here’s how to manage-and maybe even prevent-an aphid problem in your landscape.