more about: Pruning

When & How to Prune Azaleas

The azaleas in front of Grumpy’s palace are in full bloom now and looking glorious. But they wouldn’t be if they hadn’t been pruned at the right time. They’d be boring, green blobs. Here’s how to prune azaleas correctly and avoid the state of green blobness so prevalent in our neighborhoods.

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Throw-Down Thursday: What to Do in the Garden This Weekend

“Breaking Bad” has run its course, you’ve binge-watched “Game of Thrones” until you know all of the characters and forgotten your kids, and you’re seriously considering saying “no” to the dress. These are all signs that you need to work in your garden this weekend. The following timely tasks will get you back on course.

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Don’t Cut Back “Dead” Plants Yet

It was colder than Bernie Madoff’s heart this week. My poor avocado tree turned from green to black and brown. But I’m not going to cut it back just yet. Here’s why you, too, should pocket your pruners for another month or two.

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Power Company Pruning — Part II

Well, it’s been an eventful couple of days since I returned from vacation to find my sugar maple and crepe myrtle butchered by the power company. Grumpy met yesterday with John Morris, a certified arborist and registered forester with Alabama Power, to see if we could come to a mutually satisfactory solution.

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Power Company Assassins Murder My Trees

Call it “The Alabama Chainsaw Massacre.” I was on my way home from a week’s vacation in Paris (yes, it was fantastic, merci!) when I received word that earlier that day, the power company had come through, marched into my yard, and cut my trees. My heart sank. I had planted these trees 20 years ago — one, a sugar […]

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Timely Garden Tasks for August — Prune, Hydrate, Stay Alive

Prune off the round green seed pods of crepe myrtles now. This will help drooping branches stand up straighter, plus you may get a second crop of flowers in fall!

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Pruning Azaleas — When & How

The azaleas in front of Grumpy’s palace are in full bloom now and looking glorious. But they wouldn’t be if they hadn’t been pruned at the right time. They’d be boring, green blobs. Here’s how to prune azaleas correctly and avoid the state of green blobness so prevalent in our neighborhoods. What to Prune There are two classes of azaleas […]

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Grumpy’s 2nd Annual Crepe Murder Contest!

Crepe murder — the ultimate copycat crime. Now that football season is officially over until August, thousands of bored, frustrated men from sea to shining sea will unleash their pent-up testosterone on their poor crepe myrtles, chopping them down into ugly stumps. Grumpy calls this odious practice “crepe murder” and will never cease in his holy quest to eradicate it […]

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Grumpy’s Winter Pruning Guide — Part 2

Well, now that the college football season is over (I find that beer lessens the withdrawal, but doesn’t cure it completely), winter mauling of trees and shrubs by bored sports addicts is in high gear. Last week, I provided guidelines to prevent ghastly mauling of shrubs in winter. This week, I shall address trees. Ladies, please hide ANYTHING your man […]

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Grumpy’s Winter Pruning Guide — Part 1

  Pruning Maniac — armed and extremely dangerous Fellow gardeners, we stand on the verge of apocalypse. With the end of the college football season, thousands of┬ámen steaming with pent-up testosterone and overpowering boredom are about to pick up saws and pruners and lay waste to your landscape. It just feels good to cut something. However, if you can possibly […]

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