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Tree & Shrub Pruning 101


Fri, Apr 27th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, April 30, 2001

The best time for pruning most ornamental trees and shrubs is now, before the buds break. You can really see the branching structure when there are no leaves. Pruning promotes plant health and stimulates new growth. You may need to prune to maintain plants at their current size so they do not outgrow their location in the landscape. You can improve your plants appearance by simply removing dead wood.

When pruning for health remove any dead or dying branches. Look for any signs of disease, severe insect infestation, or damage from animals, storms, or other adverse mechanical damage.

Remove any branches that rub together. Avoid topping trees. When removing large branches the stubs that are left can cause health problems because the woody tissue is open to the air. Springtime is the time of fastest growth so the plant will heal faster and therefore reduce the time that the tissue is exposed.

Removing large branches can ruin the plant’s natural shape, promote suckering and the development of weak branching structure. However, for safety's sake you may need to remove any large branches that hang over your roof, sidewalk or driveway. Another safety tip: prune shrubs or tree branches that obscure the entry to your home.

Maintence pruning keeps plants from getting overgrown in the landscape, encourages flower and fruit production and maintains hedges or other special forms.

When pruning to increase flowers, the general rule is that if the plant sets the flower buds in the fall, then the buds are already there and any pruning done now will remove flower buds. Not a good thing. These early blooming shrubs should be pruned immediately after they finish blooming: apricot, azalea, chokecherry, flowering plum or cherry, Forsythia, Juneberry, lilac, magnolia, early blooming spirea.

If the shrub blooms on new wood it may be pruned in spring before growth begins. Plants with marginally hardy stems such as clematis and shrub roses should be pruned back to live wood. Hardier shrubs such as late blooming spireas and smooth (snowball) hydrangeas should be pruned to the first pair of buds above the ground.

Shrubs grown for foliage rather than flowers should be pruned in spring, before growth begins. This includes: Alpine Currant, Barberry, Burning Bush, Dogwood, Honeysuckle, Ninebark, Peashrub, Smokebush, Purpleleaf Sandcherry and Sumac.

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Talking to Strangers

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Those of us who live along quiet and sparsely populated township roads pride ourselves on knowing what is going on around us. After all, how tough should it be to keep track of the few neighbors with whom we are privileg ..... 
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“It’s all about roads”

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Monday, April 30, 2001

“The only thing the county board is concerned about are roads,” one person commented to me a few weeks ago.

And the way in which she said this implied that this was not necessarily a good thing.

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There are some bills coming out of this legislative session that would appropriate our tax money to two specific controversial animal-feedlot projects. This money is specifically targeted to cover the expense of court-ord ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

Fri, Apr 27th, 2001
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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

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