Our index fingers are sore from spraying gold and cranberry paint, but the effect is worth it.
November is the perfect time to prune all evergreens, because the compost pile won’t be gaining all your trimmings. Kept in a cool garage or shady porch, they will be fresh for indoor or outdoor decoration.
It’s a fact of life in our town that if we want a festive holiday scene, the choice is do it early or have the snow bury everything.
My tools for the job include two or more sheets, gloves, lopers, hand pruners and a saw, whether manual or reciprocating with a pruning blade. I spread one sheet and throw down everything as it’s cut, good or bad.
All cuts are made inside the shrub to hide any stubs or in the case of dead branches, flush to the trunk.
When in doubt, grab the possible victim and push it aside or cover it to see the effect on the remaining plant. It’s better to take small bites and cut again, because there is no option that cures when taking too much, except time.
Sheet No. 2 now becomes the recipient of all the trimmings that are usable, while the rest feed the compost pile. My friends are astounded that so much is gleaned from my beds, but it doesn’t harm the shrubs and trees, but helps keep them healthy, trim and full.
Yes, less is more.
We hope you enjoy your Cazenovia Garden Club members’ work in the village, as you shop and visit on the Christmas Walk night and more. Come see us the next day for any holiday plants, boxwood trees, arrangements and more to make your Christmas and Cazenovia, by our hands, bright!
Don’t forget to ask to be mailed a pre-order form for next year, if you want to be on our list.
Nancy Hook is an avid gardener and an active member of the Cazenovia Garden Club. She can be reached through the organization’s website, cazenoviagardenclub.com.