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Title / Author Tags Date
How to properly prune hydrangeas
Katie Parker, Illinois Extension
Pruning 3/10/22
Gardening with Allen: Fall is a good time to prune some shrubs
Allen Wilson, The Columbian
Fall Gardening, Pruning, Shrubs 10/2/21
How to deadhead petunias – to increase blooms
Holly Reaney, Homes & Gardens
Pruning 8/28/21
Deadheading Basics: How to Keep the Flowers Coming
Clare Coulson, Gardenista
Pruning 7/9/21
Henry Homeyer: It’s time to prune your trees and shrubs
Henry Homeyer, Chester Telegraph
Pruning 7/4/21
Why ‘Pinching’ Your Plants Helps Them Grow Bigger and Stronger
Kara Jillian Brown, Well + Good
Pruning 7/2/21
Here's When You Should Cut the Flowering Stems Off Your Hostas
Charlotte Germane, Better Homes & Gardens
Pruning 6/17/21
How To Pinch Back Flowers & Why You Should Save Your Cuttings
Emma Loewe, mbgplanet
Pruning 6/11/21
The right way to leave stems for native bees
Nicholas Dorian, Tufts Pollinator Initiative
Pollinators, Pruning 4/26/21
10 Plants That Need Pruning in the Spring
Luke Miller, Family Handyman
Pruning 3/30/21
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 Overgrown Roses
Karen Gardner, Hunker
Pruning 2/2/21
How and When to Deadhead Hydrangeas to Keep Them Blooming All Summer Long
Caroline Biggs, Martha Stewart Living
Pruning 7/21/20
How to Prune Tomatoes for Maximum Yield and Plant Health
Epic Gardening
Pruning, Vegetable Gardening 5/15/20
How to Prune Lilacs
Gardener Scott
Pruning 7/12/19
How to deadhead flowers
Gardener's World
Pruning 4/19/19
How to Prune Spring-Flowering Shrubs
Abby Patterson, Better Homes & Gardens
Pruning, Shrubs 4/17/18
Pruning Deciduous Shrubs
The Morton Arboretum
Pruning, Shrubs
Pruning Evergreens
The Morton Arboretum
Evergreens, Pruning
Tips for Pruning Roses
Better Homes & Gardens
To Deadhead or not to deadhead...
Proven Winners
Pruning demystified
Proven Winners
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
How to prune lavender like a pro
Rhys McKay, Better Homes & Gardens
How To Prune Hydrangea
Illinois Extensions

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