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greens while benefiting your plants. The objectives of pruning are to improve a plant’s symmetry and natural form, to promote better balanced and healthier growth, and to control the height or spread of the plant. Always make your pruning cut at a joint in a branch so that the remaining leaves cover and hide the cut. Pruned in this way, any plant can be shaped without the appearance of having just received a scalp job. Both needle and broadleaf evergreens make attractive Christmas decorations. You may need a few branches that are 12 to 15 inches long, but most materials for both centerpieces and wreaths need to be no longer than four to six

inches. Obtain the larger pieces by removing unwanted branches and by severe heading back of vigorous growth. Foundation plantings, for example, should have an air space between each other and between

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