Questions about how to best cut plant branches.

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When and how do I trim these bushes?

We moved in to a house with bushes trimmed neatly, but well over the sidewalk. Do I trim this back all at once, or over a long period of time (months? Years?)? We are in southeast Michigan, and will ...
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Should I clean pruning shears with hot water, alcohol, or similar?

Should one (occasionally) clean pruning shears with hot water, alcohol, or similar? I am imagining pruning is a bit like plant surgery (see also here), so precautions similar to regular surgery may ...
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Should I prune lavender on a cold/wet day in Spring?

I'd like to prune lavender for the spring season. Today it's a cold and wet day (2 to 7 degrees Celsius and some rainfall, in Europe), the weather forecast says next week will be sunny, but I'll ...
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Have a grafted fruit tree. Want to have less of one of the fruits

I have a fruit tree whose primary trunk is pomelo fruit and the grafted trunk is Lemon. It's a reasonably large tree (35ft as a guess). I don't much like the pomelo fruit and don't really eat them. I ...
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How should I prune a damaged Rhododendron?

I had a 6ft tall healthy Rhododendron that a tree decided to fall on. Now it has a big chunk taken out of the middle. Either side of the chunk is still 4ft or so but the middle goes right to the base ...
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What is the proper way to prune a pear tree?

I have a pear tree which I planted about ten years ago. It has done relatively well. It produces fruit on a yearly basis (I don't know if I'd call them exactly edible, but it does produce). The tree ...
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Can I allow a pine tree to share root space with a group of birch trees? If not, which should I cut down?

I have a group of birch trees, with a pine growing in the midst of them, in my front yard. My friend is telling me the pine must be cut down to save the birches. I see her concern, however: I think ...
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What is this bush called and can it be pruned this time of year?

Can anyone identify this bush? The photo was taken in May (in South England). It is slowly turning into a kind of a tree, with long branches without any new shoots, so I would like to prune it and ...
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How do I prune boxwoods to control for boxwood leaf miner?

Our boxwoods have a moderate infestation of boxwood leaf miners. Sources recommend pruning to help manage them, and mention that you should cut at a certain time in the pest's lifecycle. But they ...
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Is it really that important to prune deadwood from trees? If so, why?

It seems like every time we bring arborists onto a property, the first thing they want to do is to remove all the deadwood from the tree canopies. What are the reasons for doing this, and is it really ...
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How should I prune a top heavy Jade plant?

I have had a Jade plant over 15 years. It thrives most of the time, however this morning I found it toppled over from being so full at the top of the plant. I have never pruned it and am very afraid ...
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Am I pruning the my pepper plants optimally?

I usually prune my pepper plants at the start of winter, just above the second set of nodes. I have been doing this for about eight years now and i'm interested to see if there is better or correct ...
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Why the leaves of my guava getting dry and dropping?

I have purchased a guava plant one week ago. from the start of having this tree, some of the leaves getting dry and wavy then start to dropping without getting yellow. is this natural or my tree has a ...
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How should I prune a common fig for best productivity?

Figs have a unique fruiting cycle, fruiting on old wood first, all at once, then on new wood for the rest of the season. What's the best pruning system for these, to maximize production? Is it best ...
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What is a sucker and how does it differ from a water sprout or branch?

In a post about renovating mature pear trees there is a diagram (below) showing tree nomenclature as it pertains to pruning. In it, the letter "A" indicates suckers, and "E" marks shaded interior ...
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How should I prune a cleistocactus that got too tall?

When I have a slender, columnar cactus like a Cleistocactus (pictured below), and it gets too tall, How can I prune it, to get it back to a manageable height?
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Should I try to treat a Majesty palm tree with brown holes in the leaves?

I purchased a Majesty palm tree, but didn't realize till after I repotted it, that it had lots of brown holes in some of the leaves. Should I prune the damaged leaves or should I just return the ...
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How do I transplant a 20 year old Satsuma tree?

We have a very large Satsuma tree which is at least 20 years old and was a gift from my father. We are moving and want to transplant the tree. We are currently in Southeast Texas and we will be ...
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Bay Leaf Tree (Laurus Nobilis) with severe scale

I'm new to gardening as I have just bought my first house. I inherited a very large (about 6m tall) Bay tree that is severely sick. I took a sample to my local garden center and I was told that it ...
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How can we salvage a poorly pruned mature pear tree? [closed]

I just had a company prune my mature pear tree yesterday. But I think they did it all wrong. I asked for the top to be trimmed down as much as possible and prune around power lines and over our ...
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What is the term for this pruning technique that causes stubby, clublike branches?

These Platanus × acerifolia trees (London Planetree) were pruned to have this short, stubby branch structure. What is this called, and how is is done?
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Should I remove the suckers from the base of my new tree?

I bought a new tree this summer. Lately I've been seeing this little sprouts coming out of the very base of the tree. Should I chop them off or leave them? What will happen to them over time? Also, ...
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Should I prune a Venus Flytrap to prevent it from digesting itself?

My Venus Flytrap is quite crowded, there are traps under traps and I've noticed one clamped over the stems of another. Should I prune it? Will it digest itself?
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Will coppicing a Siberian elm tree get rid of bacterial wetwood (slime flux)?

Will coppicing a Siberian elm tree cure it of bacterial wetwood or slime flux? I know you can coppice Siberian elm trees and they will grow back (if what I've read about people trying to kill the ...
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Can you coppice a pear tree?

I've heard of coppicing apple trees, but if you coppice a pear tree, will it grow back (and does the variety matter)? This is with regard to standard-sized pear trees (without a different rootstock). ...
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How do I shape a Cryptomeria bonsai into the chokkan style?

How do you prune/pinch/wire a Cryptomeria japonica to shape it into the formal upright "chokkan" style, like this or this? Whenever I've tried this with other evergreen species, I've never been able ...
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Will wisteria clippings take root in a compost pile?

I just did a major pruning of a wisteria. I don't look forward to bagging all the clippings and hauling them to the town site for yard waste. Could I simply gather them up and dump them in the compost ...
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How should I control the growth of my umbrella grass?

I have a few clumps of umbrella grass that are getting very overgrown. They are planted at the edge of my court yard (pictures below). I live in Houston TX. This is my first house and I inherited a ...
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How should I care for a new Mimosa tree growing out of an old Mimosa stump?

We lost an old Mimosa to borers and it fell over in a wind storm. This spring it started a new growth out of the cut stump.It looks healthy but is growing RAPIDLY and it does not have much space. We ...
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Should I seal the wounds where limbs were removed on a crape myrtle?

I have a crape myrtle that I attempted to transplant last spring. Unfortunately, it didn't do so well (I damaged more of the roots than I intended), and while it did leaf out last year, after a long ...
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Why should I prune my avocado plant already when only two weeks old?

In most instructions I've read about growing an avocado plant, it says things like the following: In 2-6 weeks, roots and a stem will sprout from the seed. When the stem is about six inches long, ...
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Why are my hydrangea flowers dying, but the leaves look OK?

I bought some Hydrangeas in pots in full flower. They were then left un-watered. They are now suffering from dead flowers but the leaves look OK. It is now August in North Yorkshire. Any ideas what I ...
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How can I rejuvenate my overgrown Elaegnus & Deutzia?

My elaegnus and deutzia bushes are 3 or 4 meters tall. They are bare for the first 2.5 meters, and above that is the foliage & some shoots that appeared this year. If I cut all the stems back to ...
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Can white pines be sheared or trimmed?

I have a dwarf white pine that suffered a fair bit of winter burn this last hard winter. My horticulture courses said you could trim white pines for hedges. I would just like to trim once for shape. ...
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Should blueberry suckers be removed?

I have a potted Sunshine Blueberry plant. I noticed suckers started appearing a few inches from the main trunk. Should I leave those suckers there or cut them off? I have read that suckers on big ...
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After picking strawberries, how should I prune the fruiting stems?

I have Seascape Strawberry plants. They are day-neutral. Some squirrels and I have eaten the strawberries. What should I do with the stems that have been eaten from? Should they be cut away or will ...
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How should I prune a half-dead bush of rosemary?

I have inherited a garden in a hot and arid climate with a half-dead bush of rosemary. As you can see in the photo below, a part of the plant is dead, but another is doing okay. How should I deal ...
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Which plant is this? “Dead ends,” pruning, watering tips

This plant has been in my possession since last summer (I moved into a new, and otherwise empty, apartment one year ago). I wanted to keep it, but because there are no labels, I decided to water it ...
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When is the best time to trim cedar hedges?

When is the best time of the year to trim cedar hedges? Importantly, does choosing when to trim have any affect on encouraging growth in areas recovering from small bare spots?
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Should I treat freshly cut tree branches before using them as trellises?

I have a bundle of branches from a North American Maple in my yard, just cut down while pruning the tree in the spring. I'm contemplating whittling down some 2-foot-long sticks to use as simple ...
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How should I prune my Cussonia Bonsai?

I have had this Cussonia for couple of years. As you can see on the picture, the branches grew somewhat unevenly (I marked the branches with a blue line). I am thinking how to trim it, so the bonsai ...
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How do you manage dying leaves on young plants?

If a leaf on a plant is shriveling or yellowing, should you cut it off or leave it there? If you do the former, should you only snip off the damaged parts or should you cut off the entire leaf? My ...
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Should I remove tomato “side shoots” growing from cotyledons?

I'm growing tomatoes and in accordance with all the advice I am pinching out side shoots, which I take to be the shoots which sprout out roughly bisecting the angle between the main stem and a ...
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Should I trim the flowers off a new blackcurrant bush?

I bought a starter cutting for a blackcurrant bush - it's doing very well, looking healthy. The problem is that there are also some flowers developing, and a pamphlet that came with the cutting said I ...
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Are old raspberry canes required to be chopped off?

I just bought a Fall Gold Raspberry plant. It came with instructions to prune away canes that have already fruited because only new canes can fruit. What If I were to leave the old canes there? Do the ...
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Does pruning the tree slow root growth?

We have a cherry tree, and neighbours, which is only about 4 years old, and I would say about 5 metres high. Neighbours are worried that its roots might eventually damage supply/drainage pipes in ...
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How Far Back To Prune Frost-Damaged Gardenias?

I have 4 formerly great-looking gardenia bushes in my yard, but this past winter has been brutal on them (I live in the DC area, where it was still snowing as of yesterday). The plants are still ...
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Should I prune my Zucchini's flowers?

I have two very young zuchinnis that are starting to grow flowers, they barely have 4 or 5 little leaves so I think they're very small to allow them to have fruits. Should I prune the flowers?
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How do I prune cucumbers?

I am growing cucumbers in Central Florida. I have cucumbers that are rapidly growing and just starting to bear fruit. I read you should remove suckers or the growth branch off the main branch. How ...
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How soon can I start training or pruning a seedling?

Is there a minimum age, height, or trunk girth before I can start training or pruning a seedling / young tree? I am concerned that starting too early would be detrimental to its early growth. ...