Healthy Landscaping

Trees and shrubs add visual appeal to any homeowner's lawn or backyard – but only when they're in tip-top shape.  Better Homes & Gardens and HGTV offer some key maintenance tips.

Pruning

To keep plants lush and healthy, prune dead branches or leaves regularly.  If a plant is already infected with a disease or pests, pruning can help prevent spreading and extend the plant's life.  Experts suggest dipping your pruning shears in bleach or rubbing alcohol in between cutes to further kill disease or pests.

When you prune depends on what kind of tree or shrub you have.  The basic rule of thumb is to prune plants when they are not in bloom or are on the verge of blooming.  For example, shade trees are best pruned in late fall, winter or early spring, when they're typically leafless.

And keep in mind that while light pruning is OK to do on your own, it's best to hire a professional if larger branches need to be cut.

Watering

Just planted a tree?  If the tree is in its first two years, water it more frequently, since tree is expending energy to grow.  Experts suggest 30 seconds with a steady stream of water from an ordinary garden hose.  You can also add mulching to your regular routine to try and retain moisture.
One note of caution: be careful not to water trees as frequently as the grass.  Too much watering can cause the tree roots to grow too close to the surface, which means that the water is actually suffocating the roots.

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30 seconds with a hose for a newly planted tree is the absolute worst way to water a tree.  No true expert would suggest 30 sec with a hose.    Slow deep watering is critical to get the water penetrating down to the zone where you wish the roots to grow.

Don't believe me?  Go out in the back forty and run the hose for 30 seconds.  Wait 5 minutes, and then dig to see if the water penetrated down 12 to 24".

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