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Another beautiful day at Cooper Park in February – we were all pealing off the layers! Thanks to Anne Carriere, Lucinda Reynolds, Carol Rossell-Lesher, and Jane Druff we weeded at the Jones cabin. Lucinda and Jane also “planted” stones at the drip line of the Jones cabin. We discussed pruning, which is always a concern in spring. When do I prune what? Prune azaleas and other springs bloomers just after blooming, as they bloom on old wood. If you cut some flowering branches, you can enjoy them in the house while you get rid of unwanted shoots. The University of AR web site has a good brief article on Pruning and a good power point presentation you can download. https://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/home-landscape/pruning.aspx
As for pruning shrubs that produce canes, even though they bloom in the spring, you can remove older canes at ground level early before the plant blooms. This is called rejuvenation pruning and encourages better blooming on remaining canes. Don’t remove more that 1/3 of the canes in one year. Plants that produce canes include:
Big leaf hydrangea
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