Pruning BasicsWritten by Donna Evans
Pruning can improve health, productivity and appearance of your trees and shrubs. But improper pruning can destroy shape of your plants and also cause more harm than good. Following a few simple guidelines can help make right decisions when deciding what to prune out of your trees and shrubs.
First, remove three Dís, dead, diseased or damaged branches. Also prune out branches that cross each other. Trees do best with only one leader, which is main upright trunk of tree. If there is a branch competing to be leader it should be pruned.
Understand your plantís shape. Is it natural creeping, mounding or upright? Visualize what shape mature plant will be and prune out branches that interfere with natural shape.
The Incredible DaylilyWritten by Donna Evans
The Incredible Daylily
Some people have referred to daylilies as poor manís orchid. Indeed, daylilies, like orchids, are a beauty to behold. Daylilies are no longer just 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 are 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 of common yellow and orange daylilies around. However, there are some spectacular varieties that you should keep an eye out for: