Friday, February 19, 2010

Dormant pruning improves plant health

It certainly is refreshing to have sunny days after so many days of snowy weather. Now is a great time to get out into the garden to get some dormant pruning done before spring arrives. Your plants will thank you.

Pruning your ornamental bushes, shrubs and small trees this time of year is beneficial for many reasons. Once plants leaf out it becomes more difficult to see the shape and structure of the plant. With bare plants it is much easier to see the dead, diseased and damaged wood to be removed and identify good structural and corrective pruning cuts.

Dormant pruning will redirect growth to create a more natural looking plant while revitalizing the plant by directing new growth to healthier branches.

You can learn more about dormant pruning from the Heights Observer article here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Save the Date: NCSL plant sale

The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes will be having their annual plant sale on Saturday May 15, 2010. (
Come join the plant sale to help support the mission of the Nature Center - connecting people with Nature!