Although it may be cold and dreary outside, it’s the perfect time to take inventory of your deciduous trees and shrubs to see which plants would benefit the most from pruning. In this month’s episode, we’re sitting down with Extension Specialist in Commercial Horticulture, Dr. Andrew Ristvey. Dr. Ristvey is giving us the ins and outs on winter pruning.
We also have our:
Bug of the Month (Winter Stoneflies) at 37:30
Garden Tips of the Month at 45:55
Native Plant of the Month ( American holly) at 49:00
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Now that the Brood X cicadas are finally silent, you likely have noticed flagging branches on certain trees eggs were laid in. Take a look at this video explaining maintenance you may want to do on these twigs.
The long cold days of winter are upon us and even though we might like to dig in and hibernate, there’s still plenty of things to do in the garden. In this month’s episode we chatted about winter pruning, adding plants for winter interest, and the “language of flowers”!
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Prune dormant shade trees that need to be pruned. Begin by removing all dead, diseased branches, and making any necessary cosmetic cuts. Do not cut branches flush with the trunk. Leave the branch collar (swollen area on the trunk of a tree or a larger branch) but do not leave a stub.
Incorrect pruning and over mulching
Topping (photo above) is the not the correct pruning technique to help control the size of a tree. Crown reduction, pruning entire branches at their point of origin, is recommended if a tree must be reduced in size.
Spotted lanternfly eggs. Photo: Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org
Be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly adults and egg masses. Report any finds to the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Mulch your perennials after the first hard freeze. This helps to protect them from frost heaving caused by the freezing and thawing of soil. Mulch helps moderate temperature fluctuations, reducing this problem.