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The cranberry bush produces a fruit that is popular with wildlife.
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How to Prune a Cranberry Bush

Cranberry bush is split into two common varieties: the European cranberry bush and the American cranberry bush. The leaf shape and the shape of the gland below the leaf is the only difference between the two. Both are deciduous shrubs. The bush produces a flower that is white and looks liked popped popcorn. Flowers appear in late April and early May. After flowering, the pollinated flowers become fruit. To keep fruit and flower production at its maximum, the bush requires regular pruning.

Observe the bush for inner branches that are without leaves, and check whether the plant looks top heavy. This means pruning is required at different lengths throughout the plant, says Clemson Cooperative Extension.

Cut away any dead or dying branches back until you see healthy, green growth on the inside of the branch. Remove any dead branches as well.

Cut back a third of the branches to reduce the density of the bush, repeating each year to grow a bush with a high fruit and flower yield. Cut each branch at varying heights to reduce dense growth.

Prune the branch a quarter inch above a branch node at a slight angle using a pair of pruning shears. Make the cut clean with sharp pruning shears to avoid crushing the branch.

Homemade Bush Root Killer

Cut back the bush's foliage as close to the ground as possible if you have not done this already. Smaller bushes can be pruned back with lopping shears. Large bushes with thick branches will need to be felled with an axe or chainsaw.

Use a drill with a large bit to drill holes in any remaining surface wood, any visible roots and at various spots round the root system.

Fill the drilled holes with salt.

Pour boiling water into the holes and all over the root area.

Pour undiluted bleach into the holes and all around the roots the following day.

Repeat steps 3 through 5 once weekly for one month.

How to Trim a Bush

Buy a pair of shears with comfortable grips and long enough to reach into the center of your bush. For detailed work you want to be able to reach in to even tight spots to make certain the bush adheres to symmetry.

Trim along the top of your bush at first, making sure it is level all the way across. You may occasionally need to take a few steps back to make sure you've maintained a good line.

Work around the edges, taking off no more than 3 to 4 inches per pass. If more bush than that must be trimmed you can come around a second time, making sure you keep from cutting unevenly.

Collect your bush trimmings and place them in a proper garbage bag for disposal. Leaving clippings on your lawn destroys the manicured effect you have just achieved.

Make a note of when you have trimmed your bush so that you can set up a regular grooming schedule. Every two weeks during the summer months should be sufficient, depending on the amount of sunlight and rain.

Shape your bush only if you have experience with advanced topiaries. Trying to turn your bush into a sculpture without the proper training only leads to a vegetable monstrosity.

Plant Care for a Rainbow Bush & Elephant Plant

Check the moisture of the soil. Rainbow bush and elephant plant do not handle wet environments well. Provide a loose, well-draining soil. Add organic compost or peat moss to the soil if it gets soggy.

Give the plants warm water until it comes out the drainage holes in the bottom of the planting container. Let the soil dry a bit between watering. Touch the soil to determine when it needs attention.

Put the rainbow bush and elephant plant in a south- or west-facing window to ensure they get full sun.

Feed the plants with a water-soluble fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer in April and July every year. Follow the label instructions for dosage details.

Treat mealy bugs, if they are evident. Trim off the infected branches. Spray the rainbow bush and elephant plant with a mixture of 10 percent rubbing alcohol and 90 percent water to get rid of the pests. Reapply until signs of the infestation are gone. Another option is to use insecticidal soap. Follow the label instructions for dosage details.

The Best Place to Plant a Rose Bush

For optimal results, rose bushes should be planted in a location that gets at least six hours of full sun each day. Also keep in mind that roses prefer morning sun. Make sure the site has a well-draining soil and there is a lot of air movement around the bush.

How to Trim Fire Bushes

Garden shears are an appropriate tool for pruning a fire bush.
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Put on gloves before you begin. The fire bush is not irritating to the skin, but gloves will protect your hands from sharp branches.

Trim your fire bush in early spring, before the plant blooms, using garden shears. Cut around the plant to shape it to the size you want. Work symmetrically around the plant, stopping frequently to step back and check the progress of the trimming. In most cases, trim back only enough to maintain the shape of the bush or to keep it from encroaching on walkways or other planted areas.

Cut the bush more extensively if frost has damaged it, by removing as many of the damaged branches as possible. This allows new, healthy growth to occur.

Clean up the area and dispose of the cuttings and branches.

How to Revive Wilted Roses After Replanting

After transplanting a rose bush, prevent wilt with extra water.
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Monitor the rose daily after you replant it. If you notice wilting, you must act quickly to care for the rose bush or you may lose it.

Place the garden hose onto the soil beneath the shrub and turn the water on at low pressure. Leave the hose there to water the shrub slowly and deeply until the ground is completely saturated. Turn the hose off after you finish saturating the soil.

Continue watering the rose shrub every day after transplanting. Transplanted rose shrubs need extra water after you move them, especially until you begin seeing new growth. When you notice new foliage, this indicates that the shrub is acclimating successfully to the new growing location. Begin to reduce the watering amount gradually; however, the rose shrub still requires some extra water to enable it to make a strong root structure in the soil.

How Fast Does an Eastern Snowball Bush Grow?

The Eastern Snowball Bush.
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The Eastern snowball bush grows at a medium rate. When it reaches full maturity it can be from 8 to 10 feet high. It is covered in showy, white blooms and has dark green leaves. This bush blooms in late spring and grows best in full sun or partial shade.

Can Shrubs Be Planted After the Rain?

Shrubs should be watered when planting.
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If there was only a slight or moderate amount of rainfall, you will be able to plant your shrub soon after. If the rain caused flooding or standing water, to wait until it has receded before planting the bush.

How to Prune a Rambling Rose Bush

Wear the gardening gloves to protect from any thorny areas of the rose bush and to make sure your skin doesn't get scratched. Make sure your pruning equipment is sharp and clean.

Locate the dead, diseased or broken canes (otherwise known as trunks), and trim them with the pruning scissors or shears (scissors for canes less then 1 1/2 inches thick, and the shears for canes that are larger) to the base of the rambling rose bush first.

Cut back the flowered stems of rambling rose to the base of the bush, at the ground. Next, thin out overly crowded areas or canes that are criss-crossing and are growing out awkwardly. Prune out every other cane on the rambling rose bush in crowded areas.

Train the rambling rose shoots by cutting through last year's plant ties that supported the shoots, and re-tying them with new shoots. Secure them in higher places for new growth, to the trellis or other parts of the rambling rose bush.

Kochia - Burning Bush

Kochia
Burning Bush

Oval shaped bushes of "huggable" green foliage turning copper-crimson in autumn. They look great dotted around the border oras informal or temporary hedge.

Plant Type: Half hardy annual
Exposure: Prefers sunny position
Height: 36 inches
Average count: 500 seeds

Note: These seeds are hermetically sealed in a foil pouch to ratain their harvest fresh vitality. Once the pouch is opened, the normal aging process begins.

Bush Violet Fast Facts

Shade and Soil

The bush violet can bloom from spring to late autumn and enjoys direct sunlight and some partial shade. Bush violets grow best in moist soil with mid-acidic soil levels.

Seedlings

When grown from seed, the bush violet develops best if started indoors. Allow it to germinate and grow inside for six to seven weeks, after which you can transplant the bush violet outdoors.

Planting

Plant young bush violets in late spring after the final frost of the season. If temperatures drop after you have planted the violets outside, protect them from frost with a cover of mulch.

Germination

The violets generally need one to three weeks to germinate in ideal temperatures, which average about 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 C).

Requirements

Bush violets require moist soil and generous watering, but no over-watering. Bush violets need well-drained and irrigated soil to grow and avoid disease.

When & How to Prune a Rose Bush

Trim the repeat-flowering rose buds when they show evidence of swelling, usually in early spring, after the threat of frost has passed.

Prune once-flowering roses immediately after the flowering in the summer. Do not prune this variety in the spring because the flowers bloom on last year's old wood.

Cut out dead, gray or dull brown wood where it meets healthy wood. Prune where there is growth toward the base of the cane.

Snip off suckers growing from the base of the rose bush. These errant canes are taking nutrients from the rest of the plant.

Thin it out by pruning the spindly, twiggy canes. Remove those that are crossing or rubbing against each other. Cut as far down as possible If they are growing toward the center of the rose bush.

Shape the tree by cutting off the ends of the unwanted canes if it is lopsided or becoming too large. Limit the cutting to about 1/3 of the plant. Pruning a rose bush by more than 1/3 could result in damage.

Creosote Bush Facts

Geography

The creosote bush is a desert plant thriving in the Chihuahua, Mohave and Sonoran deserts of the Southwest as well as in parts of Utah, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Features

Creosote bushes are evergreen shrubs with leaves that are waxy and contain resin. They have a strong scent of creosote even though they do not contain that compound. This coating helps the plant keep the water it has and the scent helps to repel most plant eaters. The yellow flowers have five petals that turn to round, white seedpods with a fuzzy coating.

Age

Among the longest-lived plants worldwide, some creosote bushes found in the Mojave Desert are as much as 11,500 years old.

Size

Normally the creosote bush, which is considered a medium to large shrub is under 4 feet tall. However, with plenty of water, it may reach as much 12 feet tall.

Fun Fact

The creosote plant can survive without any rain for two years, making it the North American champion for drought tolerance.