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Welcome to Pruning!
by Carol Chernega - posted 01/05/16

One day I was driving down the road with my husband, when suddenly I screamed.

“What’s wrong?” John asked, thinking he had to slam on the brakes.  “Did you see that tree?” I asked.  “It was so horribly pruned.”  John sighed.  “Only you would scream over a badly pruned tree.” 

And it’s true.  I’m passionate about pruning.  In fact, it’s my favorite gardening task.  People sometimes laugh when I say that.  They find pruning difficult, puzzling and scary.  They wonder:   What if I do the wrong thing? What if I prune at the wrong time?  What if I kill the tree?

Since I love pruning so much, I decided to specialize in it when I started my garden maintenance business near Pittsburgh, PA.  For over ten years I’ve also been teaching pruning workshops and advising homeowners on the right way to prune shrubs.  I’ve developed a lot of basic pruning tips that I’m going to share with you in this blog.

So think of me as your Personal Pruning Coach.  I’m going to show you how to choose your teammates (otherwise known as your tools), teach you the Rules of the Game, (and why WHEN you prune isn’t as important as HOW you prune) and explain why it’s important to Identify Your Opponent.  I’ll help you win the pruning game.

And remember:  Don't Panic!

Feel free to post your questions in the comment area.  Together we can make pruning a win-win gardening task. 



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