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TAG : pruning

All About Growing Fruit Trees

(For details on growing many other vegetables and fruits, visit our Crop at a Glance collection page.)No plants give sweeter returns than fruit trees. From cold-hardy apples and cherries to semi-tropical citrus fruits, fruit trees grow in nearly every climate. Growing fruit trees requires a ...

Create Small Fruit Trees with This Pruning Method

Many fruit trees — including semidwarf varieties — can easily grow to 15 feet and taller. Anyone who has tried to manage one of these large trees in a backyard will instantly appreciate the value of small fruit trees: They require less space, are easy to care for, and produce fruit in ...

Landscaping with Juniper: Maintain and Prune This Hearty Conifer

 Juniper is a beautiful plant that you can find virtually anywhere once you know what to look for.  I knew nothing about Juniper just a few years ago, but once I realized that several juniper bushes located on our property required frequent maintenance in order to control them, I became ...

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Pruning for Productivity, Health, and Beauty

Have you ever wondered why most plants have a dominant shoot that rises higher above the others? It’s all about raging hormones. You can use this to your advantage if you want to modify the shape of a plant through pruning. “Apical dominance” is the term scientists use to describe why ...

Touch-Up Pruning for Lemon Tree Health

 Many properties across the Bay Area region have lemons that have stood fast for decades, still producing decent yields. When most people think of tree pruning, often they will think of winter time (i.e. apples, pears and cherries). However, citrus has a sub-tropical heritage and thus is best ...

Fruit Tree Pruning Basics

Many people feel that fruit tree pruning is too complex a task to be done by amateurs, but when we amateurs learn a few basic concepts, we can keep our fruit trees healthy, well-shaped and bearing excellent fruit. It’s simple: Learn the two basic pruning cuts, get equipped with good tools and ...

Should I Prune My Tomato Plants? (Video)

What are the different methods and impacts of pruning tomato plants?Side shoots, or “suckers,” are additional fruiting stems that emerge on tomato plants at the junctions of the main stems and leaf stems. Some folks recommend that gardeners prune tomato plants by removing all tomato ...

An Apple Tree Returns to Its Former Glory

A neglected, overgrown, old apple tree does have charm, its gnarled, elbowed branches seemingly ready to reach out for a hug. The fruits, unfortunately, more often than not are too small, too pest-ridden, and too high in the tree. My fear of heights makes the last deficiency most important to ...

Spring Pruning

Pruning is spring work, a seasonal task that engages us in a flurry of perennial hairdressing.  For a few quick weeks each year we are the barbers and tailors of our edible landscape.  Pruners in hand, with ladders, loppers, shears, and saws at the ready, we methodically move through our ...

Pruning Logs for Lumber

We’re finally getting a good hard rain, and things are really greening up—most appropriate for St. Patrick’s day.  It seems like I’m always running way behind where I should be on taking care of trees.  They’re like children— they grow so slowly you scarecely notice, until ...