“WATER and WEED” is the theme for July! Everything is growing gangbusters, and the days have settled in a hot and humid rhythm here in Central Ohio. July 2017 temperatures are predicted to be “above average” throughout the northern half of the US.
I finished pruning back a large, overgrown flowering quince bush (Chaenomeles sp.) for a client last week. This shrub was easily 8 feet tall and had suffered through numerous prior attempts to keep it under control. If you know about quince – a member of the rose family – you know they often have long and boisterous thorns that make pruning difficult if not downright danger...
AS A GARDEN COACH, ONE OF THE REQUESTS I HEAR MOST OFTEN from clients is, “Can you teach me how to prune my overgrown tree/shrub/rose bush/hedge/etc.?” Pruning seems to be a black hole of gardening knowledge, and one that intimidates many gardening beginners. Part of the problem appears to be this:
Figure 1. A really confusing guide to basic pruning.