Pruning Basics

Written by Donna Evans


Pruning Basics

Pruning can improverepparttar health, productivity and appearance of your trees and shrubs. But improper pruning can destroyrepparttar 151115 shape of your plants and also cause more harm than good. Following a few simple guidelines can help makerepparttar 151116 right decisions when deciding what to prune out of your trees and shrubs.

First, removerepparttar 151117 three Dís, dead, diseased or damaged branches. Also prune out branches that cross each other. Trees do best with only one leader, which isrepparttar 151118 main upright trunk ofrepparttar 151119 tree. If there is a branch competing to berepparttar 151120 leader it should be pruned.

Understand your plantís shape. Is it natural creeping, mounding or upright? Visualize what shaperepparttar 151121 mature plant will be and prune out branches that interfere withrepparttar 151122 natural shape.

The Incredible Daylily

Written by Donna Evans


The Incredible Daylily

Some people have referred to daylilies asrepparttar poor manís orchid. Indeed, daylilies, like orchids, are a beauty to behold. Daylilies are no longer justrepparttar 151114 muted yellow and orange plants grown in road ditches. They come in every color from white to deep purple (almost black) and in a variety of sizes. If you donítí have a green thumb, daylilies arerepparttar 151115 perfect plant. They are relatively carefree and can turn an unused, dull area, into a stunning bed of color and texture. Daylilies flourish almost anywhere. They are also an excellent plant to use for erosion control, such as on a slope that is difficult to mow, and also as a ground cover plant.

There are indeed a lot ofrepparttar 151116 common yellow and orange daylilies around. However, there are some spectacular varieties that you should keep an eye out for:

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