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Issue #188, August 25, 2012*
This week we posted these items in What's
Impatiens may be OK but
as hazardous material
fix for lost color
iris divided, peony cut, beetles, veg
workshops for you: Learn by doing
unites us: Failed arb hedge
Shag cut for a juniper
Shrink or shape a birdsnest spruce
a dwarf white pine
Harder clips for a longer
Prune a mugo
Arborvitae too tall: Clipping it
back, staying on top of it
Afraid to cut a Japanese
Behind the scenes at two Michigan
Growers to the world
Read on for a summary of each of these
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3 new items in the department, Main features this
Not every failed impatiens has downy mildew. How to tell the
difference so you don't give up on plants that only need more water
What do you do when you have to get rid of diseased impatiens?
It's a complicated process and working through it opens our eyes to
the unstoppable nature of such tiny invaders as fungi.
When things happen that deprive us of the color we've worked for
all year, we can put in the fix, often using materials right at
New in the department, This week in our gardens:
What we ourselves have been up to in our own and others'
Several lessons recently learned and taught at our free
workshops. About shearing shrubs, fear of pruning, finding your way
around the website, and worm eaten Baptisia
In-depth Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down:
Such a shame when the dream of a lush arborvitae hedge dies with
the plants. Take comfort in the fact that the pros lose plants,
too, but learn from their response and find out why the plants
Webs on shrubs are most visible and numerous at summer's end.
What they are, and why to avoid treating them like a
Three detailed pruning how-to's in the Tip cuttings
Great plants for the foundation. How to prune them just once
every two years and have them beautiful every day between.
You've seen it can be done, that feathery leading edge can be
preserved even as you keep the plant small. Thanks to a reader's
request, here's the detailed, illustrated how-to, cut by cut.
Sometimes we don't stop a plant's growth, just want to keep it
well shaped. This approach works on any dwarf- or weeping pine.
New in our Mentors department:
Proof that cutting pays off, with how to have your petunias now
and later, too.
New in Aiming for Answers: Hit or Miss:
We fill in for an earlier "miss", by showing the detail for
cutting back a mugo pine, a little or a lot.
New in Big Mistake, Big Lesson:
We explain and show the whole story of cutting back over-large
arborvitaes. The lessons learned are, 'Sure you can cut them back'
but don't let these evergreens get ahead of you!
New in our Stumper department:
So we pay more for them than other trees -- does that mean we
should never touch them, or that they might die if we cut their
branches? Heck no! Watch here and cut away -- that upright Japanese
maple or the weeper, they're both prime targets in late summer.
New in Expert Afield:
What an eye-opener to see where new types of perennials and
shrubs are coming from, and how a gardener's ingenuity translates
to global-supply levels!
A few editorial words,
as sent with our cover email this issue:
We've been pruning steadily for three weeks.
Our hands are worn out, but we'll keep cutting because late summer
is prime time for the clips that keep plants small.
If you grow impatiens, take a look at our two impatiens features
so you can avoid the extra work we stumbled into in dealing with
diseased impatiens disposal.
We apologize for putting so much in a single Summary. Even
though time for the Summary mail-out eluded us, we kept posting new
articles. Even without the Summary, you can always find our newest
work at www.GardenAtoZ.com in the "What's Up" menu (Main features,
Green thumbs, etc.) where each department's newest items are listed
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