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More pruning notes

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Spring WILL get here.  In the meantime, there are numerous home and garden shows out there.

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This link will take you to some garden options!  Festivals in Minnesota  Be sure to check your favorite radio station’s website for upcoming garden shows and expos.

It’s also a great time to prune your woodies, overgrown shrubs that are obscuring your view or the door to your house!  I talked before about maintenance pruning, taking out the dead or diseased branches.  A cruise down any neighborhood street will show that a lot of folks need to do a bit more than that!  Cutting back and shaping their shrubs and trees.  I’m going to link you to a few sites from gardenbite dot com for some visual aid:

University of Minnesota Extension How to Prune

Organic Gardening What to prune and when

Purdue University dept. of Horticulture Pruning ornamentals

Do NOT prune Oak trees in April, May or June.  During this time the Oak is more susceptible to Oak Wilt disease.

Oak wilt photo by Michele Grabowski UMN

Also Maple trees and others that have sap that runs during early Spring must be left alone until after the sap has stopped running.

Our moisture level in the soil continues to be low and without much snowfall, at least as of this writing, (March 2015) we’re looking at a deficit.  This is something to keep in mind when you wonder what happened to the decline of your trees.  Our large plants can take a lot more abuse, but, it does take it’s toll, that’s why, when homeowners see their trees decline, they think it just happened when in reality it’s been an accumulation of issues.


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