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February Not the Time to Prune Hydrangeas

AUBURN, Ala.—The month of February brings blooms of many different shapes and sizes, a sure sign spring is around the corner. While daffodils and camellias are blooming in bright colors, gardeners may find themselves spending more time readying the flowerbeds. While it may be tempting, February is not the time to prune your hydrangea bushes. Understanding flower development for each ... Read More »

Spring Pruning For Dummies

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Auburn, Alabama—The start of spring brings a lot of things to mind: chirping birds, April showers and blooming flowers. For gardeners, spring is associated with one thing, pruning. We have all heard of it, but what exactly is pruning and why do we do it? Hunter McBrayer, an an urban regional agent with Alabama Extension, explained, “Spring pruning can mean a number of ... Read More »

Tomatoes: Pruning and Supporting

Tomato plants can produce a lot of delicious,  but heavy fruit. In order to keep tomato plants in top producing condition, pruning and support are essential. Pruning Pruning can increase fruit size and help facilitate early fruiting. Prune by removing suckers developed at ground level. Suckers forming below the first flower cluster should be left alone. Hunter McBrayer, an Alabama Extension ... Read More »

Crapemyrtles and the Promise of Good Pruning

Crepe myrtle

AUBURN, Ala.- The promise of pruning is a healthier and more productive tree. Gardeners want to do what is best for their plants, but sometimes do not know how. Gardeners know that pruning needs to happen, but often do not know how or when. Sadly, this happens all too often with crapemyrtles. Take a Saturday afternoon drive in late February, and ... Read More »

Roses Welcome Cooler Fall Temperatures

Roses are tough plants when grown in well-drained soil, enriched with organic matter, and where there is good sunlight and air circulation. Fall is an excellent time to rejuvenate roses for a beautiful show of color before they rest for the winter. “Roses welcome the relief of cooler fall temperatures. It is one of the best seasons for plant growth ... Read More »