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WHY DO WE PRUNE PLANTS?

Pruning is done to encourage a good shape and a healthy plant, and to improve the quality of fruit or flowers. In mild winter gardens, prune in the second half of July but in cold gardens, wait until the beginning of August to avoid possible frost damage to new emerging growth.

Walk this way

The original paths of ancient times were narrow and winding, up hills and down dales, through grasslands, whispering woods and alongside meandering streams made by animals searching for food and water and by the feet of early man as he hunted and gathered wood.

Garden paths

Paths in gardens, as in life, are trails of discovery; they are walkways that guide visitors from one area to another, sometimes swiftly and other times at a more leisurely pace, creating a particular mood by their direction and by their shape. Paths should always lead to a destination.

A straight path is used to

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