Tag Archives: pruning

Sumi’s Picks for Pruning Tools

by Susan Harris
Homestead’s gardening educator extraordinaire – Gene Sumi, of course – gave his famous pruning talk recently to a rapt audience, as part of our Winter Workshop series.   He …

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What I really do in the garden in August

by Susan Harris
Again, this isn’t one of those looong lists of “chores” in the garden.  I’m a gardener of the low-maintenance school, and I always want to know: What do …

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Sumi on Surviving this Horrible Summer

by Susan Harris

This is NOT a normal summer, Gene Sumi told shoppers during Homestead’s Myrtle Festival – in the middle of the longest hot spell in anyone’s memory.  It all started …

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What I’m Doing in the Garden, July Edition

by Gardening Coach Susan Harris

More Pruning and Hacking Back
First, I have to confess that this photo shows how my garden looked last month.  Those astilbes have turned crispy, so I …

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Are you pruning your tomatoes? And do you even need to?

by Susan Harris


Newbie tomato-growers are subject to confusion, and that includes this newbie.  Recently, I saw this advice from Fine Gardening about pruning tomatoes and was ready to run …

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Time to Prune Cherry Laurels (Azaleas, too)

by Gardening Coach Susan Harris

Lots of homeowners are looking for evergreen shrubs to cover up the foundation of their house, or to create screening and privacy from their neighbors.  That may be …

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Spring Pruning – the What and the How


by Susan Harris

Are you one of those homeowners who never does ANY pruning?  Well, you have lots of company.  But really, there are lots of common plants that are almost …

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What to do in your Garden in March

by Susan Harris
Here’s what most people do. They wait until it’s already warm and colorful outdoors before noticing that their yards look pretty bad and wondering what they can do to change …

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