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    Listen to what your plants are saying

    submitted by Kirshner Landscapes and Nursery, www.kirshnernurseries.com

    Trees and shrubs are like humans. You may not hear them, but they do show signs of stress.

    After suffering through this past winter with large amounts of plant damage, it’s time to take action and learn how to listen to your plants’ needs.

    Healthy, well-pruned plants have suffered less through the wintery months. 

    A good rule of thumb to follow when pruning: spring blooming shrubs like lilacs, forsythia and azaleas prefer to be pruned after blooming and before late June.

    Summer bloomers like hydrangeas, butterfly bushes, etc. prefer pruning in early spring prior to new growth.  

    Trimming oversized branches and reducing weight on trees and shrubs helps their survival rate through the winter greatly.

    Feeding plants helps to insure that they ward off problems. Look for a complete organic fertilizer so you avoid feeding them too many chemicals.

    Timing is everything. Remember, roots grow below ground before growth occurs above ground. Try to keep plants balanced with selective trimming.

    Most importantly, walk around your property and look at your plants. Observe their signals.

    Keep an eye out for plants that appear stressed or need a little tender care. They are speaking to you and can use some TLC!

    A little bit of care goes a long way with plants, just as with humans. Be sure to take the time to care for your plants and listen to what they’re saying.