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Title / Author Tags Date
Gardening with Allen: Fall is a good time to prune some shrubs
Allen Wilson, The Columbian
Fall Gardening, Pruning, Shrubs 10/2/21
Home Advice Best hedging plants: 12 choices for creating green garden boundaries
Fiona Cumberpatch, Gardening etc.
Hedges, Shrubs 8/18/21
Picking the right tree or shrub for your garden can be tricky. Here are tips to keep in mind.
Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune
Plant Selection, Shrubs, Trees 4/18/21
Gardening 101: Forsythia
Jeanne Rostaing, Gardenista
Hedges, Shrubs 4/12/21
Winter is the ideal time for heavy pruning of shrubs in your yard. Here’s how to get the best results.
Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune
Pruning, Shrubs 3/7/21
How to Prune Spring-Flowering Shrubs
Abby Patterson, Better Homes & Gardens
Pruning, Shrubs 4/17/18
Best Shrubs for Containers
Karen Chapman, Better Homes & Gardens
Animals, Container Gardening, Shrubs
Watering Trees & Shrubs
The Morton Arboretum
Shrubs, Trees, Watering
Pruning Deciduous Shrubs
The Morton Arboretum
Pruning, Shrubs
Pruning Shrubs, Part 1: Why Prune?
Proven Winners
Pruning, Shrubs
Pruning Shrubs, Part 2: When is the best time to prune?
Proven Winners
Pruning, Shrubs

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