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Dan'S Garden: Time to Trim

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It's often said that July and August are the times to trim. And the reason is because the growth is way out. And if you trim them now you can make them smaller, fuller and better looking.

I like to wait and enjoy the bloom. You can trim them later, in September or next spring. If you have some suckers that blew in from seed and are growing, I'd cut them out now and clean them up, even those that are low growing.

It's a good time to trim. Trim Dogwoods for size and shape. If you've got some plants that didn't leaf out all the way, look at them and see if there's dead wood in them some place. If there is, cut it off. Even some shrubs don't leaf out all the way.

Some plants didn't come through the winter perfectly, so you might have to go in and trim dead wood.

For roses I like to cut in the morning. Cut above five or seven leaves. We want more flowers. It's also good time to fertilize. I like to get trimming and fertilizing done before July is over.

Until next week, good gardening.

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