In the Garden with Bob - Pruning Tips
Contributed by: Aria Health Gardener, Bob McArdle
As the calendar turns to March and the weather breaks, it might be a good idea to grab your hand pruners and start tipping back those late summer flowering shrubs that you never got to in the fall, including: Viburnums, Hydrangeas, Buddleias, and Cornus.
In addition, you can cut back some of the dead and crowning limbs on your small trees. A good tip for sawing off an unwanted tree branch is to make the undercut first. This should be done a few inches away from where you are going to cut the branch off. By doing this, you will not rip off any bark from the tree. Be sure to use a branch saw or a pruning saw to do this. Leave the chain saws to the tree experts.
Check in next week as we discuss how to check the PH levels of your soil, and what the readings mean.
As always, good luck in your garden.