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Tree Pruning Time Again

It is getting to that time of year when I need to prune my pear and apple trees. This is normally one of my favorite periods in the gardening calendar but weather patterns are so bizarre at the moment that I may need to get up there in adverse weather instead of waiting for one of those wonderful sunny winter days we used to have. The end of last year was so warm that the sap was still rising right up until Christmas. Now that I have to get the pruning done we seem to be cursed with constant rain and cold. Many years ago I used to do a lot of tree surgery and it seemed that whole days...

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How to Build a Small Garden

BUILDING A SMALL GARDEN In the year 1790 one in twenty Americans lived in an urban environment. Today that number has soared to four out of five. That change has had a dramatic effect on how we live our lives, the type of architecture we choose and of course the size of our gardens. Our outdoor spaces have shrunk dramatically, in part because we no longer have those vast tracts of land cheaply available but also because we no longer have the time to devote to our gardens that our forefathers once did. Here is the weird thing that I probably should not confess to as a professional landscaper and garden designer: I much prefer smaller gardens. I am not...

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