Caring for your Shrubs

Do you stay away from planting shrubs because, frankly, you don’t know how to care for them? When do you prune? Or do you just not prune at all rather than make a mistake? The old run-the-electric-clippers-across-the-top method seems to be quite popular, but I hate that “blooming” that occurs as a result. [Note: “blooming” is when you now have 5 or 6 little branches coming off the end of every one of those that you just cut]. I have this great pamphlet covering the care of deciduous shrubs that was put together by The Learning Store, the outlet for UWEX publications. These are University-based training publications with carefully researched information. The cost is ridiculously low (roughly 50¢ per pamphlet if you order one) or free if you want to just download a .pdf file to your computer. If you want to (and should) check out the site, just click HERE. There are publications on virtually anything you can think of related to horticulture.

Look at my horribly pruned spireas in the background -- before I cut them back severely.

Look at my horribly pruned spireas in the background — before I cut them back severely.

Written and posted by Vicki

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