Category Archives: Pruning

Cutting Back + Cleaning Up

Storm Ready Gardening
The Mid Atlantic’s unpredictable weather patterns are infamous. The top 50 storms in Maryland have all occurred in the months of September and October. Property damage has included unnecessary destruction from loose …

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Crapemyrtle Care Guide 2018

PLANTING SITE

Planting your crapemyrtle in the proper site will promote flowering, control mildew, and avoid winter damage.
Thrives in sun and heat, provided adequate moisture is available
A slightly elevated position …

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How to repair your garden after a spring frost

Maryland springs are unpredictable. One day you’ll be enjoying a sunny afternoon out on your patio. The next week you’re bundled back up in a winter coat and avoiding the outdoors. While the fluctuating temperatures …

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Edible Flower Power

 
Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
You must have seen the news that this upcoming weekend is Flower Power with blooms aplenty at both Homestead Gardens stores. Let’s expand that …

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When Gene Sumi Speaks, We Listen

by Rita Calvert
Every year both stores of Homestead Gardens feature winter workshops to help us get charged up for planting and growing seasons and just help educate by answering many questions. Gene Sumi …

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Easy Roses: First there were Knockouts, now come Drifts

KnockoutsYou’re probably familiar with Knockout Roses, now the hottest-selling rose in the U.S.  Because they bloom repeatedly until December here in Maryland and are incredibly resistant to fungal disease (despite our famous humidity) they’ve …

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It’s Azalea-Pruning Time

Got azaleas?  Of course you do!  (It’s for good reason that some call our region the “Azalea Belt.”)  And are your azaleas the size or shape that you want them to be?  All of them?  …

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What to Prune Now, and How

It’s pruning time, y’all! At least for roses and shrubs that bloom mid-summer or later.  And pruning is the most important gardening task that most people never do.  Or if they do prune, they do …

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Time to prune your old azaleas

Once the flowers have faded is the perfect time to prune those old azaleas that have been needing some serious pruning attention for years.   Chances are you have some of them, …

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To prevent flopping, start pruning your perennials now

by Susan Harris
One of the best-selling garden books of all time introduced us to the notion of pruning perennials. The book is The Well-Tended Perennial Garden by Tracy …

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How to do spring pruning

Have you done all your spring pruning  yet?  We’re talking wisteria, roses, butterfly bush, caryopteris, late-blooming spirea and hydrangea.  Click here for our spring pruning overview with details and links to more. And for …

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Time to prune your roses and other summer-bloomers, and here’s how

by Susan Harris
Homestead’s Golden Spades Club (highly informal, drop-ins welcome) gathered yesterday to hear gardening guru Gene Sumi’s advice about what to do in the garden this month, and pruning is a …

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Sumi’s Picks for Pruning Tools

by Susan Harris
Homestead’s gardening educator extraordinaire – Gene Sumi, of course – gave his famous pruning talk recently to a rapt audience, as part of our Winter Workshop series.   He …

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