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.

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.