University of Illinois Extension

Archives for February 2017

February 23, 2017

Host Richard Hentschel discusses the first of 3 pruning techniques. This week covers rejuvenation pruning. This technique works well on fine textured plants and some others. This is the easiest method since a total removal of the above ground parts! Using hand pruners and small loppers to prune work best usually. Plants will regrow into a brand new fresh looking shrub nearly the same size in a single season.

 
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February 16, 2017

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side up begins a 4 part series on pruning shrubs in the home landscape. Early spring before growth starts is a great time for pruning since it is a lot easier to the branching pattern. Certain kinds of branches can always be removed like dead branches, rubbing or crossing branches. There are always exceptions to dormant pruning because some plants will bleed sap excessively or because of that attract insects that could in their feeding spread diseases.

 
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February 9, 2017

Host Richard Hentschel discusses fruit thinning in the home orchard. While emotionally difficult to remove fruits after working so hard to get the fruit trees to produce them, the results are well worth the effort. Thinning improves the quality of the fruits harvested later in the season. By limiting the number of fruits the tree is able to direct more energy into each fruit. An added benefit of thinning means the scaffold branches can support the fruit load without having to prop up the branches.

 
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February 2, 2017

Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up concludes a several week series on the home orchard. The last show covers differences of care between young non-bearing fruit trees and mature bearing trees providing us with fruits. That proper creation of scaffold branches allows sun and air to penetrate the entire canopy, allowing flowers and fruits to be produced throughout the tree. Mature trees bearing fruits need pruning to manage annual growth, create a new scaffold branch in the event of a loss, ease of management for any sprays and inspection during the season.

 
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