February 6, 1998

Forcing branches of spring-flowering trees and shrubs


Though spring is still several weeks away, impatient home gardeners can enjoy an early taste of spring by forcing cut branches of many spring-flowering trees and shrubs indoors. Forsythia, flowering quince, pussywillow, crabapple, serviceberry, magnolia, redbud, and fruit trees can be forced indoors during the winter months.

Upcoming state horticultural meetings


Iowa Pest Control Workshop
February 23, 1998
Scheman Continuing Education Building
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Program Information: Donald Lewis, 515-294-1101

Shade Tree Short Course
March 10-11, 1998
Scheman Continuing Education Building
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Program Information: Jeff Iles, 515-294-0029

Pruning Equipment


The keys to pruning trees and shrubs are a basic understanding of pruning techniques and knowing when to prune plants. It's also important to have the right tools. There are various types of pruning tools. The best tool for the job is determined by the size of the plant material and the situation.