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1) All dead stems should be removed from hydrangeas every year.
2) After the plants are at least 5 years old, about 1/3 of the older (living) stems can be removed down to the ground each summer. This will revitalize the plant.
3) In addition, if it becomes necessary to prune a plant to reduce its size, it may be cut back in June or July without harming the next year's bloom. But it will return almost immediately to it's former size. This is one reason why it's best to plant a hydrangea where it does not have to be pruned.
The best time to fertilize is early April, before new growth expands, but you can apply fertilize anytime until midsummer (roughly July 15). Applications beyond this period will stimulate growth late enough in the season that it may not have time to harden off before cold temperatures arrive. Such growth is much more likely to suffer winter injury and dieback.
An exception would be the use of slow or timed-release fertilizer such as Osmocote or Sta-Green. A light application in late summer or early fall may help nutrient-stressed trees come through winter in better shape. Mid to late autumn applications of slow-release fertilizer are also usually safe.
Never fertilize drought-stressed plants. If conditions become quite dry after you've fertilized, it's doubly important to water your evergreens regularly.
Yes this will eventually disinegrate into the ground.
The most common mistake when planting a tree is digging a hole, which is both too deep and too narrow. Too deep and the roots don't have access to sufficient oxygen to ensure proper growth. Too narrow and the root structure can't expand sufficiently to nourish and properly anchor the tree.
Trees should be transplanted no deeper than the soil in which they were originally grown. The width of the hole should be at least 3 times the diameter of the root ball or container or the spread of the roots in the case of bare root trees. This will provide the tree with enough worked earth for its root structure to establish itself.
Safe rule of thumb is after the first frost. Typically this is after the first long weekend in May.
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