Late winter is an excellent time to prune shrubs and trees, while they are safely dormant.
Kunso Kim, head of collections and curator, suggests you consider these different approaches.
Selective pruning: To shape the shrub or control its size somewhat, go branch by branch, choosing the branches you want to keep and removing those that are too long, superfluous or causing a tangle. Using sharp, clean pruners, prune just above the place where one stem branches off from another; don’t cut in the middle of a branch between joints, which will cause bristly, unsightly growth.
Force branches of flowering shrubs indoors for an early shot of spring bloom.
Maples are one of the most prominent trees in any Midwestern landscape, certainly on our grounds here at The Morton Arboretum.
The new Crescendo sugar maple from Chicagoland Grows® could make an excellent replacement for ash trees lost to emerald ash borer.
Learn more about how plants from China have entered our gardens and how plants are responding to climate change.
Never mind the cold: Arb staff offer five tips for the best winter workout clothes designed to make outdoor exercise as comfortable as possible.
Stressed and looking for a prescription for tranquility? Consider a long quiet walk through the woods.
A family-fun trip to the tree farm goes best with this advice.
Advance preparation is key to having a tree you can plant outdoors after the holiday.