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When to Prune Desert Willow in Texas?
March 18, 2016
I just learned I should have pruned back my desert willows. It's early March in North Texas. Is it too late to prune now? They are not leafing out yet.
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Removing Center Stem From Desert Spoon (Sotol) in Phoenix
March 11, 2016
I have a desert spoon. I hate the center stem. Can I remove the center stem without hurting the rest of the plant? And what is the best way to remove it? I looked for this answer in your questions bu...
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Should flower stems of Texas mountain laurel be removed after they bloom?
March 02, 2016
Should I trim off the old flower stems from this years bloom on a Texas Mountain Laurel?
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Pruning Wax Myrtle trees & bushes
February 28, 2016
When is the best time of year to prune Wax Myrtle trees & bushes.
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Pruning overgrown Texas sage
February 15, 2016
Texas sage bushes have been left to grow like mini trees. Can we have trimmed back to get a 'full' bush? Bottom 2 feet of plant look so dead. Will it sprout again as a bush if trimmed back and do...
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Rejuvenating an old Wax myrtle hedge
February 15, 2016
I have 8 wax myrtles that were planted about 9 years ago as a screen from our neighbors. They are about 12 feet high. During the past 9 months they are getting thinner and thinner. Two of them hav...
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Evergreen privacy screen 8 feet or less
January 29, 2016
In needing to plant an evergreen privacy screen, what is the tallest Ceniza variety? I'm having great difficulty finding an evergreen hedge material 8' or less. After having taken a class in pla...
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Reducing the Height of a Redbud Tree
January 23, 2016
We have a very large, about 15-year old, Redbud tree that is growing so tall it's obstructing our view of the river. How and when can we prune this tree back so it does not hurt the tree.
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Pruning a Martha Gonzales rose
January 20, 2016
How much should I prune back an established Martha Gonzales Rose to keep healthy?
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Decreasing the Height of Smooth Sumac
December 09, 2015
I have a 9-10 ft. Smooth Sumac that I purchased from an LJWC plant sale several years ago. It has a main trunk and one branch about halfway up. I have read that these sumacs can be pruned down to almo...
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