In general, remove dead, damaged or diseased stems as soon as you see them. Find out the best time to trim hydrangeas, fruit trees, clipped hedges, roses, deciduous shade trees, evergreens, pines, shrubs, annual and perennial flowers, and berry plants. Also, check out our tips on how to prune different plants!



Even if you have never gardened or grown anything before, you can grow food from seed. In fact, you should grow food from seed! It is so much more fun to look through a catalog of seeds to choose your vegetables than to limit yourself to what is available at your local nursery. I will agree that some vegetables are much easier to start than others. Tomatoes and peppers will take some TLC-you can do it, but it is a multi-step process.  However, other vegetables can be set in the ground and