Spring Garden Tips
Stating Trees and Shrubs from Hardwood Cuttings

It's all in the timing – when trying to start trees and shrubs from a cutting.

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mgm audio 011516 shrub-cuttingsWhether looking for a challenge or a way to preserve a family heirloom, you may want to try starting non-patented trees and shrubs from cuttings. Timing, the type of cutting and the shrub species influence success. Privet, forsythia, wisteria, spirea, juniper, and hemlock are just a few that can be started from hardwood cuttings. Take a 4 to 8 inch cutting from the previous season's growth during the dormant season. Each cutting should have at least two nodes, the location where leaves or needles grow.

Bundle, cover in sand or sawdust and store cuttings in a cool moist frost-free location for the remainder of winter. Plant them in sand or vermiculite in spring. Once rooted you can pot them up and grow them in a container for a season or two. Or move them directly into the garden.

A bit more information: When starting new lilacs, forsythia, magnolia, weigela, and fruit plants try softwood cuttings. Use cuttings made from the tender new growth to start new plants.

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Do you have trouble properly spacing the small seeds of carrots, radishes or lettuce? It's easy to end up with half the package in one short row. This is a waste of seed and time spent thinning.

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Small Plants with Big Impact

Don't let a lack of space stop you from planting. Include some small plants with big impact to liven up your landscape.

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Snowberry

What a great time of year to talk about an old time favorite shrub, the snowberry. You may recognize this plant by its white snowball like fruit.

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Something New, the Old Fashioned Smokebush

Add a little tradition to your garden with Old Fashioned Smokebush.

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Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs Blooming in Fall

Don't worry if your forsythia, lilacs or azaleas are sprouting a few flowers in fall. You can blame it on the weather not your green thumb.

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Start New Perennials from Root Cuttings

Expand your perennial plant collection or share a family heirloom with friends and family. Root cuttings of butterfly weed, bleeding heart and oriental poppies to start new plants to share.

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Start New Plants from Cuttings

Starting new plants from cuttings of existing plants is a great way to pass along family heirlooms and increase your indoor or outdoor plant collection.

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Starting Clematis from Seed

Looking for a way to expand your clematis, or should I say as some prefer KLEM-a-tis collection? Try starting new plants from seeds this summer.

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Starting New Begonia Plants from a Leaf

Expand your houseplant collection with leaf cuttings of Rex, angel wing and other large leafed begonias.

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Starting Plants from Cuttings

Expand your indoor and outdoor garden by taking cuttings from your favorite plants.

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Starting Plants from Kitchen Discards - Seeds

Keep your green thumbs busy starting new plants from kitchen scraps.

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Starting Plants from Seeds

Extend the gardening fun and save money by starting your plants from seed.

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Starting Roses from Seed

Expand your garden and have a little fun by growing a few plants from the seeds of your favorite rose.

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Stop Topping Trees

Topping trees is bad for the look and health of your trees and landscape. Plus, it increases maintenance and the risk of tree failure.

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Strawberries for Any Landscape

Anyone can grow fresh strawberries for their cereal in the morning or to enjoy with a glass of wine at night.

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Strawberries for Every Space Garden

Add a bit of nutrition and beauty to your patio, deck, or balcony with a pot of strawberries. It’s a great way to keep a nutritional snack close at hand.

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Summer Pruning of Raspberries

A bit of summer pruning goes a long way to keeping your raspberries healthy and productive. So get out the mosquito netting, long sleeves and pruners and get busy.

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Take a Pass on the Tree Trunk Wrap

Skip the tree trunk wrap when planting and caring for your trees.

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Take Cuttings Now to Overwinter Annuals

It’s never too early to start preparing for winter. Start taking cuttings from annuals and herbs you want to overwinter indoors. Your garden plants are healthier and will root faster now than they will later in the season.

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The Apple: December 23rd to January 1st Birth Tree

If you were born between December 23rd and January 1st your birth tree is the apple. It is said to represent scientific talents, charm and a carefree philosopher with imagination.

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The Edible and Ornamental Chokeberry (Aronia)

Though chokeberry is not an appetizing name, this four season beauty is making a big impact in edible and ornamental gardens.

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Think Twice Before Staking Newly Planted Trees

Break out the shovel and get busy planting. Fall is a great time to plant trees. The soil is warm and the air is cool, reducing transplant shock.

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Tips for Proper Tree Planting

Fall is a great time to plant trees. Follow these important planting tips to insure the health and longevity of your plants.

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Tips for Seed Starting Success

Starting plants from seed can save you money, extend your garden season and be lots of fun.

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Tomato Troubles

You waited all season for that first red ripe tomato only to discover less-than-perfect fruit. But don’t worry, you can still have a great harvest and improve things for next season.

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Tourist Tree - Gumbo-limbo Tree (Bursera simaruba)

This month we celebrate a big tree located in Bradenton, Florida; a 90-year-old Gumbo-limbo (Bursera simaruba) tree.

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Transplanting Seedlings

Move overcrowded seedlings to larger containers once they have two sets of true leaves.

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Transplanting Shrubs

Moving trees and shrubs can be tricky and heavy work. Make the move in spring before growth begins or in fall as the plants go dormant for greatest success.

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Tree and Shrub Growth Rates

Now is a great time to plan for additions to your landscape. And as you scour the catalogs and read plant tags you will often see trees rated as fast, medium or slow growers.

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Tree Problems

Cracks in tree trunks, stunted leaf growth and thin canopies are all signs your tree is struggling. Diagnosing the cause of the symptoms is the first step in improving your tree’s health.

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Trees and Shrubs for the Winter Landscape

Walk off some of those holiday calories and gather ideas for your garden. Look for trees and shrubs that provide interesting form, bark and texture in the winter.

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Trimming Overwintering Leggy Annuals

Some of your impatiens, geraniums and other annuals overwintering indoors may be looking a bit unkempt. Break out the pruners and get busy with a little grooming.

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Unshearing Sheared Evergreens

Tired of constant pruning or need a change from those green gumdrops, hockey pucks and meatballs? With a bit of time and patience you can convert these back to their natural beauty.

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Value of Trees

Plant a tree and improve your mood, save money and improve the environment.

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Verticillium Wilt

Sudden wilting and death of individual branches of maples, redbuds and other susceptible trees may mean verticillium wilt has infected the plant.

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Vines and Groundcovers for Fall Interest

Add a bit of color and fragrance to your fall garden with groundcovers and vines.

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Walk Off Calories and Plan Your Winter Landscape

Walk off some of those holiday calories and gather ideas for next year's garden with a hike through your neighborhood, botanical garden or arboretum.

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Walnut, Birth Tree for October 24 - November 11

If you were born between October 24th and November 11 your birth tree is the walnut. It represents intellect, passion and confidence.

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Watch for and Prevent Borers on Trees and Shrubs

Extreme heat and cold, droughts and floods can leave our plants stressed and more susceptible to damaging borers.

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Water Trees for their Health and Longevity

Save energy, care for new trees, and conserve water in one easy step.

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Watering Tips for New Trees

Save time, energy, and conserve water while caring for your new trees.

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Winter Care for Unplanted Trees, Shrubs and Perennials

Fall plant sales and all those tempting new varieties have many of us buying more plants than we have time or space to plant. Protect them over the winter and reduce your workload by heeling them in until you have time to find a permanent spot in your garden.

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Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

Brighten your winter gardens and containers with winterberry. This deciduous holly produces an abundance of red berries you and the birds will enjoy.

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