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Can I radically prune my palm?

We live in Central Florida. Right by the walkway to our front door we have a palm plant that has four major trunks (picture 1, picture 2). I want to remove three of them. [more inside]
posted by Lokheed on Sep 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Over-Pruned Cherry Plum - will it survive?

We had some landscape type people come in to trim back the bushes and such in our yard and part of that involved trimming back our cherry plum tree. I came home and found that they left nothing but the largest primary branches , having taken EVERYTHING else off. Will this sad thing make it through the summer? [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten on Jul 14, 2015 - 17 answers

Why do tomato plants "give up" branches?

I've grown tomatoes three times now, and have noticed that my tomato plants seem to "give up" certain branches/stems. The affected stems turn yellow and do not flower; if I don't prune them off right away, they eventually turn brittle and snap off the plant easily. [more inside]
posted by aws17576 on Jul 8, 2015 - 3 answers

I think I might've killed Yew.

In the early spring I severely pruned some very large and very old Yew bushes. I cut them down to old wood, with no remaining green growth. I had heard they were hardy and would sprout from old wood, but it's been over a month now and I've still just got a bunch of shrub-shaped brown sticks out there. Did I kill them? [more inside]
posted by RingerChopChop on May 12, 2015 - 4 answers

Why is London waging a war on trees?

When we moved here from New York last Spring we noticed the plane trees along our new street in London had been pruned back to only the largest limbs. It wasn't until late summer that any significant foliage sprouted back. Now the city has done it again and I'd like to know why they do such heavy-handed pruning seemingly every year. There are so few large trees in much of London to begin with... why would you want to limit the lovely leafiness to only a couple months of the year? [more inside]
posted by theory on Apr 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Make our garden ... not die?

When we rented our current flat, it came with a front garden that we are supposed to take at least minimal care of -- weeding and pruning, that kind of thing. The problem is, we haven't the faintest idea how to weed or prune or ... anything else. Help! [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Jul 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Do I really need to cut down this tree?

I love the 50-foot pine tree in front of my house, but its roots have torn up my driveway. (1) Is there anything to do besides cutting down the tree? (2) How can I feel better about losing this tree? [more inside]
posted by underthehat on May 21, 2014 - 10 answers

When to prune a weeping pussy willow?

When and how should I prune my very sad weeping pussy willow? [more inside]
posted by ameliaaah on Jun 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Jade plant rescue advice?

What should I do with this Jade Plant rescue? I noticed it in the outdoor planter of an abandoned house and grabbed it. It's about 11" tall, and was under a bit of an overhang, so has been pretty much completely starved of water for yoinks. The leaves are all pretty much gray, deflated and leathery, except the very newest baby leaves (which seem extremely new -- but there aren't very many of the new ones). It came out with a bit of a root system, so I think it will be fine to replant, but should I prune it way back? Way, way back? Or leave the limbs but prune them? Or just it let it be to do as it will? [more inside]
posted by taz on May 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Will this plant grow tall again?

Have I stunted this plant's upward growth with "reckless" pruning? [more inside]
posted by blithecatpie on Apr 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Peaches and plums and pruning

Fruit tree planting question: Peach and plum trees are typically sold bare root, for planting in the winter, and most online planting guides deal with bare root trees. I wanted to get my trees in the ground before winter to give the roots some time to grow (Austin, Texas here), so I bought containerized plum and peach trees (that is, with a root ball and leaves), and I have planted the plum trees already. I am worried that I messed it up. [more inside]
posted by seventyfour on Nov 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Caring for a potted citron tree

I have long-term custody of a potted citron tree that's a year or two old. It seems to be doing OK, but the central stem/trunk doesn't have any leaves at the top of it: Photo of the tree here. Should I prune the top of the trunk? If so, when and how? Is there any other pruning I should be doing at this point in its growth?
posted by rivenwanderer on Mar 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me with the proper pruning of a neglected baby pear tree.

I planted a young pear tree about 2 years ago, and neglected to prune it over-winter when you're supposed to. It now looks a bit like a backwards "r" (photographic evidence). Should I prune it now? Or should I wait till winter? And how should I go about pruning it? It seems to have one long central (very bent) trunk and not many side branches at the moment.
posted by handee on Jul 13, 2010 - 2 answers

To cut or not to cut (palm tree)

We have a palm tree that's shaped like a "V". Can we cut one of the segments (highlighted) without killing the tree? [more inside]
posted by jaimev on Jun 5, 2009 - 2 answers

Sharpening my pruning katana as we speak

Help this young grasshopper become a tree pruning ninja. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Dec 4, 2007 - 5 answers

Bald In The Middle

How do i stop this hydrangea from sagging? [more inside]
posted by modernsquid on Jun 20, 2007 - 6 answers

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