With preparations for the storm in mind, you may think you need to “hurricane prune” your palm tree. Well let me stop you before you do more harm than good. While in the past people thought by removing… Read More
As Hurricane Irma approaches, many people are rushing to prune trees. Please make sure you follow UF/IFAS recommendations and always hire a certified arborist to do the work. Here is some helpful information for before and after the storm: Hiring… Read More
Trees are a valuable resource. They add beauty to our community, serve as food and shelter for animals, improve air quality, and cool urban environments. Trees can also be a liability when poorly maintained, damaged, or diseased. There… Read More
A: The most current, reliable local book is by University of Florida Professor, Dr. Ed Gilman. His book is called, “An Illustrated Guide to Pruning” Second Edition, 2002, 330 pgs., Delmar Publishers, Albany , NY ISBN 0-7668-2271-0. The… Read More
Q: When do I prune bamboo? A: No matter what time of year, you can prune out dead canes. That rule also applies to any tree or shrub. Some people like a dense thicket while others like a… Read More
Q: I continue to have sprouts coming up from the bottom of my crape myrtle. When should I prune them?
A: These sprouts growing around the base of the crape myrtle are called suckers. If you leave them they will eventually become large making the tree have more trunks than desired. We would suggest limiting the crape myrtle… Read More
A: Pruning hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, the ones with the large globe-shaped flowers would be a mistake this time of year. It will result in fewer if any flowers next May or June. Pruning can be accomplished at two… Read More
A: This is one of the most common questions I get every February. Gardenias, like azaleas, would need to be pruned after they have finished flowering, which will be sometime late spring or early summer. The best management… Read More
Q: Should I top my pecan tree? I recently saw pecan trees which were very lush and bushy but they had been topped.
A: I always love an opportunity to share proper pruning techniques with the public. These proper techniques have been proven the best for the tree through research provided by the Environmental Horticulture Department at the UF/IFAS. I am… Read More
A: Several people have called me in the last two weeks asking about pruning various perennials, shrubs and trees. Many people, like you, have said the plants look poorly this time of year and they want to prune… Read More