Why should you hard  prune shrubs and plants and what does hard pruning mean?

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There are a number of reasons why we prune plants; however the ultimate goal is to encourage natural growth, discount viagra remedy form and flowering of plant materials in our landscape. Renovation style pruning is usually performed in the winter and spring months to rejuvenate growth of a plant and to encourage growth after the dormant period. It can also help manage plants that have outgrown the space or that have encroached over sidewalks or are obstructing lines of sight. Here are a few details to help better understand the benefits of renovation pruning which may be taking place in your communities:

  • Promotes healthier plants
  • Excessively pruned shrubs are in a continuous state of stress, discount viagra recipe requiring more water to recover
  • Allows for natural seasonal flowering
  • Increases aesthetically value of landscape
  • Reduces air and noise pollution from gas powered hedge trimmers and blowers
  • Reduces fuel consumption by these pieces of equipment
  • Promotes sustainability by reducing waste that goes into landfill

Renovation pruning is not necessarily to be done every year, case but should be scheduled based on plant characteristics, growth pattern, blooming schedule, and time of year. One goal that renovation pruning accomplishes is to enable light to reach the interior parts of the plant and promote healthy growth of new foliage.  Over many seasons, shearing shrubs can create thin, weak foliage and unhealthy or no undergrowth. When there is no light inside a plant’s canopy, there will be no photosynthesis, which means no leaves, making the plant appear woody. Excessive pruning is detrimental to a plant’s health and eventually leads to irreversible decline. Promoting healthy plant growth and maintenance in our landscape is one of the first steps to help preserve our precious natural resources as well as protect your landscape investment.


This article was written by the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association.

National Popcorn Day

Date When Celebrated : January 19 th

The origins of this holiday are unknown. It’s a day to celebrate healthy (until you load it with salt and butter), and addicting popcorn.

Strangely, National Popcorn Day is in January, yet National Popcorn Month is October. According to tradition, it is celebrated on January 19th each year. There is some suggestion that Popcorn Day may, at one point, have been tied to the Superbowl.

On National Popcorn Day, we suggest you pop up some fresh popcorn, kick back and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels or 1 bag of microwave popcorn (unbuttered)
  • 1 bag (2 cups) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 cups graham cracker pieces and crumbs

Instructions

  1. Begin by popping your popcorn. Spread it onto a cookie sheet (or the counter) lined with parchment paper.
  2. Prep by breaking up about 2 cups of graham cracker bits.
  3. Melt 1 cup of milk chocolate chips and a small scoop of shortening (to thin the chocolate for drizzling) in the microwave. Spoon it into a small ziploc bag while still VERY hot. Snip a corner off of the ziploc bag and use it like a frosting bag to drizzle the chocolate all over the popcorn, zig zagging back and forth. This helps the popcorn stick together and “grab” the other ingredients.
  4. Sprinkle the mini marshmallows and graham cracker bits and crumbs over the top of the drizzled chocolate.
  5. Repeat the melting and drizzling process with the remaining cup of milk chocolate chips, once again with a small scoop of shortening to thin it for drizzling, to “seal in” the candy.
  6. Allow to cool and then break up a bit and enjoy!
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