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The type of pruning you're looking for is called crown reduction. The main purpose of this is to reduce the height of the tree by cutting down its crown, as explained here. Since you say your tree is 30+ feet high, it is advisable to get professional help instead of venturing out to do this on your own. Note that the pruning cuts that will be made are ...


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If I get your question right, should you pinch the buds of the basil plant before they flower in order to maximize leaf production? Answer yes. If you don't trim the buds off, then they will flower, growing up into a tall stalk on your basil plant and producing a tower of seeds. Producing seeds will become Basil plant's "Job 1", and it will neglect leaf ...


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If a house plant is in reasonable light then when it is watered it should receive enough so that water comes out the bottom of the pot. If a plant has really dried out then you may need to let it sit in a small amount of water so capillary action can re wet the entire root ball. Normally though you should not let a plant sit in water. Although it varies ...


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We only have one rose and it was already planted when we moved in, so practical experience is limited and initial shape left something to be desired. However, I followed the advice in Neil Sperry's Complete Guide to Texas Gardening and this seems to work. It is a bit of a traditional gardening book, and a bit proscriptional ("there is only one way and it is ...


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It won't digest live plant matter. Venus flytraps secrete the enzymes phosphatase, proteinase, nuclease and amylase. These enzymes target insect prey, which have high levels of protein. They do not digest plant matter. When a leaf closes on a bug, it (the bug) will often secrete chemicals such as uric acid, which keep the leaf closed. Otherwise (such as if ...


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Alex Shigo pioneered the research which has shown that anything that covers a pruning cut works against the natural habits trees have to wall off injury. His works (Shigo, A. L., 1982 Tree Health in the Journal of Arboriculture 8 (12) and a New Tree Biology 1986 helped to show arborists a more effective way to prune. The basic idea is that trees seal off ...


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Depends on the variety of tree. If its a Prunus species, then wound paint may help to prevent silverleaf infection, but otherwise, wound paint is no longer recommended, since research shows that it does not prevent or stop any infection of the wounded area, and in some cases appears to be detrimental to the healing process. When you prune the tree is much ...


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Every bud can become a shoot/branch. If you don't want branches where buds appear (like on the trunk close to the ground), just rub them off. If you've waited so long that they are now shoots that you don't want, remove them with your pruner. That's all there is to it. Fruit trees are frequently grafted to roots of a different variety, or even a different ...


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This is the advice given by the Royal Horticultural Society: Training Single fence This system is ideal for summer-fruiting raspberries in a small garden. Drive 2.5m (8ft) long and 75mm (3in) diameter posts into the ground to a depth of 75cm (30in) at 5m (15ft) intervals. Stretch 12 gauge (3.5mm) galvanized wire between the posts at 60cm ...


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What to prune is a lot more important than how often. If you know what to prune, you can't prune too frequently. Then you're better off pruning when sucker growth (and whatever else you want to prune) is small, so you reduce the amount of wasted growth. So it really depends on how fast the plants are growing. In July, if the weather is good, and they'...


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As a general rule, you can prune tomatoes every 7-10 days. Yes, it is possible to over prune the plant. If you remove too many stems, you will reduce production. And you don't need to prune a determinate tomato -- they will stop growing at a certain height. I wouldn't prune yours. At 6 months old, I'd expect it to be much larger than 18". Is it fruiting? (...


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Improper pruning can shorten a tree's life. However you would have to work really hard to damage a willow with bad pruning. Here's why: Willows grow fast they will bud from old wood, even really old wood they are a messy tree, commonly dropping leaves and branches they are used to breaks or cuts in the branch structure willows have been coppiced for ...


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The only time you usually remove leaves which are slightly damaged or part dead is if the plant is highly ornamental and it's detracting from its appearance, or the leaf is damaged by some kind of infection or invader. Otherwise, just wait for the leaf to shrivel and fall off naturally, or remove it when it's at that stage.


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Cut off all dead wood at the base, leaving just the live stems - you don't need to do anything to the roots. You might, though, want to consider replacing the plant - it'll look pretty ugly once the dead stuff has been removed. This plant doesn't regenerate from old wood, so you won't get any new growth other than on the two existing live stems.


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If you cut the root you will damage the leaves that are fed by that root. That root also provides structural stability. A better idea is to rebuild or remove the retaining wall in that area. The root will only get bigger and they can move quite large stones and interlock.


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The "recommended limit" depends on who you talk to. I think it comes down to how obsessed you want to be with managing your tomatoes. In "How should I prune my vine tomatos?", there's a video in which they suggest you should limit growth to the main branch and one sucker. In one of Eliot Coleman's books, he talks about growing a single vine up to the roof ...


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It's a good idea to prune them now before the normal pruning time. They are not going to be useful for the future of the vine or fruit in the short term so they are a waste of energy that would go to other parts of the vine.


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Don't prune unless the vine is dormant. What your friend was probably meaning was to snap off some of the grape clusters (fruit) so that the remaining grapes will be sweeter. This only works if the grape plant produces more fruit than it can supply with adequate sugar. Also, (common sense) removing fruit after it is well developed will have little impact ...


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Edit: after the information from David that the tree produced heavily this year, renovation may be a practical course of action. You may get a better answer from someone else, but I'd suggest that you should cut it down and plant a new tree. Peach trees are not long-lived -- a 20-25 year old tree is ready for retirement. Production typically drops off at ...


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If you are fertilizing this tree, I'd recommend that you stop, it doesn't seem to need any more! From what I can tell from the photos, it looks like this tree doesn't get full sun -- it looks like there are other trees that might be slightly shading it. This could cause some of the vigorous vertical growth that you see -- it's trying to get up into the sun. ...


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It really comes down to the type of tree eg Fruit, Deciduous, Evergreen, etc then the specific species as to when is (considered) the best time of year to prune... The same is true for plants. As a very general rule of thumb, prune in: Dead of Winter. Or Spring (exact time during Spring will depend on what it is you're pruning) through to early Summer. ...


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As @Grady says, removing leaves could result in more harm than good. Some people prune the tops of tomatoes and peppers to keep them within a certain size. I don't do this with my peppers - they have space, and I just let them grow. More plant = more peppers down the road. In the case of peppers (and most fruiting plants), removing fruit can enhance growth. ...


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No, don't cut this one back,it'll ruin its structure, and anyway, they bleed like crazy if you cut them. The thing to remember about any Ficus is they're fussy - they absolutely hate a change in conditions, and in particular, a draught. Indoors, most will drop leaves when the seasons change, so in spring and again in autumn, and mostly because the heating ...


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You definitely need to do some pruning. Before you start pruning a tree, you should find all of the graft points. Since you have multi-graft trees, there should be one graft at the point where each main branch comes off of the trunk. As you are pruning, keep in mind that if you cut a grafted branch off or cut it back so close to this graft that it will have ...


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Oh my goodness. Do you understand the treasure you have? Find a master pruner to create a covered walkway! How wonderful. If you destroy this tree I will haunt you when I am dead! (Grins). That tree should not be getting taller at all. Weeping trees are two trees grafted together; a prostrate variety of the same species grafted on top of an upright ...


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I think the grouping would look more logical if it were made on the way the trees set fruit: stone fruit trees (plum, apricot) are the early bloomers, while the trees with fruits that contain seeds (apple and pear) are the late bloomers. One thing important when pruning is that different species form their flower buds the previous year, while others form ...


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The white patches mostly appear to be one of the lichens rather than fungal mycelium - the fact that they're under the moss isn't unusual, and no treatment is required. Moss and lichens often occur together on old trees, but it is true that weak, very old or diseased trees tend to have more lichen growth on them. Even if there is some fungal mycelium in ...


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I don't want to seem to be against the "do-it-yourself" crowd, but at 60' tall the only safe answer is to hire an arborist. Consider paying a professional to do the job of cutting off the second trunk versus the alternatives: possible personal injury while climbing the tree possible damage to your property, or someone else's property, from what falls ...


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Foxgloves are (in Seattle and England) very hardy perennials. You can easily trim the stalk back to the base and the plant will come back fine next year. The only thing I've ever had to be cautious about is the fact that foxgloves produce a large quantity of seed, and they have been pretty good about sowing themselves around my garden. There are times ...


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Chicken manure has a high level of nitrogen, Which encourages stem and leaf formation. If you are more interested in the flowers, add more potassium and less nitrogen. Wait until the temperature stays mostly below 45°F (7°C) and then prune it back, and thin the bush. It will naturally grow some long canes and that is fine, as long as it is properly pruned ...


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