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Arkansas Garden Blog
Randy ForstExtension Educator - Consumer Horticulture
Phone: (501) 671-2245Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The winter weather in Arkansas seems to change so drastically overnight! As I am writing
this, the sun is shining, and it is a lovely 50°F.
We are already beginning to see some early signs of spring, such as pops of yellow
jonquil buds and iris leaves sprouting out of the ground.
Springtime in Arkansas is right around the corner, and February is a BIG month for
gardeners! It’s time to prune, prune, prune your plants this month.
This is general information for the entire state of Arkansas on what to plant in your
garden right now. For specific questions about planting in your area, please reach
out to your local county agent.
Timing is critical for flowering and fruiting plants!
In general, plants that bloom in the spring should be pruned immediately following
blooming and plants that bloom in the summer should be pruned before growth begins
in late February.
There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as gardenias and some hydrangeas.
Roses, fruit trees, small fruits and ornamental grasses also have specific requirements
for pruning.Large shade trees should be pruned by a professional, but it will help homeowners
to know what is expected of a tree trimmer to avoid major damage.
Make sure that your shears are clean and sharp, and that you are using appropriately-sized
tools for the size of your branches.
Pruning paints or wound dressings are not needed, and in some cases can actually hinder
the recovery time of the pruned areas.