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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, February 7, 197S Your Garden Pruning important in tree care HOME OF THE WEEK By ISABELLE R. YOUNG F.R.H.S. Trees and shrubs are a very Important part of land- scaping. They not only add beauty to a property, but also cut down on noise and pollution, as well as adding shade.and privacy. They are one of the niost expensive items we plant and so we must learn to look after them properly? Pruning is a necessary part of tree culture, but many people become con- fused as to the procedure to follow when and how. Although I have written on this subject before, it is one that bears repeating. The time is fast approaching when this chore 'should be done, to make your "garden guests" more beautiful and more productive. In mild climates where the temperatures are not too severe, pruning may be done in the winter, but if it is done too soon here and the temperatures go down below zero, some killing back of the pruned ends could occur and then additional pruning will have to be done later. It should be done, however, before the buds start to swell. Actually, nature takes care of some of the pruning, but if some of the dead twigs or branches do not drop off they will have to be cut out. Pruning is done for several reasons and you not only re- quire good pruning tools, but you also require an intelligent understanding of what you are- doing. Here are some of the basic reasons to promote future growth such as increase of bloom and better fruiting of trees and shrubs. Some plants are purchased with the roots bare, especially hedging and so before planting all- broken roots should be trimmed off cleanly, with weak and broken branches removed. Some trees and shrubs develop a natural shapeliness but to keep this they willneed regular pruning once, or several times a year. Rather than trim a hedge too severely just o_nce, it is better to take two or three times to do it. Pruning is necessary to control size such as founda- tion specimens that have grown up over windows, tree branches that interfere with wiring or hang over roofs. When shortening branches, cut Vs to Vt inch above a healthy bud. When cutting off an entire branch, sever as close to the main branch or trunk as possible. All cuts over Vz inch should be covered with a protective preparation, which sterilizes the wound. Pruning at the right time is also very important. Birch and maple are not pruned un- til summer when leaf growth has almost fully developed. If pruned earlier these trees will bleed badly, causing quite a loss of plant nutrients. Cotoneaster can stand a lot of trimming, according to the size and shape you want, and may be done in early spring and throughout the growing season. Flowering shrubs such as lilacs, honeysuckle and flowering plum that bloom early in the season, before mid-June, should be pruned soon after flowering. If pruned too early you cut down on the current year's blossoms and if left too late, after flowering, you could eliminate next year's blooms. Those which flower later such as spirea, potentilla, mock orange and Nanking cherry are best pruned in the spring. Honeysuckle vine is pruned before growth starts in the spring. Juniper and cedar are trimmed or clipped when new growth is completed, in early summer, while it is still soft. This is done to control the shape of the plant. Pines are pruned in spring when new growth has attained full before the needles appear, cutting back of their length. Spruce, fir and larch are also pruned early spring on new growth, before it is fully grown. When prun- ing apples, remember the leaf, bud is thin and the fruit bud is plump. S7--2- Pantera coLLeoe You can install light fixtures Now Through February ,45th- Light fixtures don't wear out, they just become out dated. With a room newly decorated an old fixture that goes back 10 or 20 years may be something of an eye sore No matter what the fashion in light fixtures, they are in- stalled pretty much as the older ones were. If you are simply replacing an old fix- ture with a new one there is no reason for not doing the job yourself. The wires and the outlet box are already there. Rule one, always, is to make certain the power is off. Turn off the main switch for that circuit or remove the fuse. Sometimes an outlet box OPEN Trust HOUSES Saturday and Sunday Feb. 8th 9th p.m. 1719 St. Andrews Road Beautifully finished split entry home, backs on to park. Must be seen to be appreciated. Listed at Exclusive. 1519 St. Basils Road Custom built by Wirzba Bros., 1 bedroom finished downstairs, loads of cupboard space in family size kitchen Asking Exclusive. Mortgages at Available on either Of these fine homes. ROYALTRUST REAL ESTATE "DECIDE YOU WANT- WE CAN HELP YOU" 914 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-7761 may also have been used as a junction box for other wires. So it's best to play safe. Your new fixture already has a pair of wires attached to it that you connect to the two wires in the box. But before you disconnect the old fixture and try to hook up the new one determine how it will be mounted. Loosen the old fixture and see how it was mounted and what hardware you -might need for the new fixture. The simplest fixtures, the kind found in basements, bathrooms and kitchens, are usually held to the outlet box with a pair of screws. House: 1020 Sq.Ft. Garage: 289 Sq.Ft. Carpentry Corner Modernizing a basement When I took on the task of modernizing the basement in my home, there were times when I thought I'd taken on more than I could handle. But with a little time, patience, ef- fort, and an adequate supply of materials the job was finished. Now, not only do I have larger and more comfor- table living space but the value of my home has increased. I learned the hard way, you can do it a lot easier by follow- ing, the simplified directions By Gane Fawcette IS Y3UR READING LAMP SMN6 THE RK3HT AMOUNT OFLISHT? A NEW INSTRU- MENT SIMILAR TO A PKOTO- SRAPHER'S LIGHT-METER, INDICATES IMMEDIATELY IF ItWRE RECEIVING THE PROPER ILLUMINATION...' laid out in this book. It shows how to build partitions, install acoustic ceiling tiles, panel walls, lay floor tile, and in- stall an outside door. Send in cheque or money order (no stamps please) to The Lethbridge Herald, P.O. Box 4090, Station A, Toronto, Ontario M5W W9 for home improvement book No. 615, How to Modernize a Basement. An additional will br- ing you a catalogue listing more than 300 other pattern projects and home improve- ment books. DESIGN R3-189 SQ. FT. The floor plan of the very ef- ficient home offered this week includes a spacious living room with fireplace, large built in book shelves and a good size dining room with access to the veranda. The large living room window with its picturesque planting box lends additional charm to the overall appearance of the house. Of particular interest to the' housewife is the combined kitchen and snack bar, and very easy access to all areas of the house. The three bedrooms, bathroom with linen space, minimum hall passage area and wide overhanging roof all contribute to the popularity of this design. The type of construction shown is brick veneer with wood accents but the plans contain instructions for building in solid brick or all frame. The home would fit nicely on a 60 foot lot. 684 HOME-0-GRAPH HOME PLANNING SERVICE 40 Jarvit St., Toronto, Ontario M5C 2H1 D I enclose (plus 25 cents handling mailing) for "Home Designs for Canadians" Book 1 2nd Edition. D I enclose (plus 25 cents handling mailing) for "Home j Designs for Canadians" Book 2 2nd Edition. D Please send free brochure showing sample "Home of the Week" designs and other design books available. D Please send an order form so that I may order building plans for the design shown above. YAMAHA ORGANS New and Used I COLLEGE MALL John Robarts won't run TORONTO (CP) -'John Robarts, former Ontario premier, says he. is not seriously considering running for the federal leadership of the Progressive Conservative .rty. Commenting on published .reports suggesting that the former Conservative premier will run for the leadership, Mr. Robarts said the reports "didn't mean much But .he did concede that "there is a lot of groping going on" about the-leadership issue. CAREER Winter In Gaspe This Saturday's Weekend Magazine contains a striking full-color picture spread of Quebec's scenic Gaspe Peninsula in'winter. Mt 're to watch for It. The Lethbridge Herald WE'RE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR GOOD PEOPLE WE are a company of Good People and we need more at this moment, real estate is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. To maintain pace with this rapid growth, Block Bros, needs more sales personnel. WE offer some of the best training courses in the in- dustry. We offer virtually unlimited funds to help you make deals. WE offer you the satisfaction of helping people attain a lifelong real estate. WCoffer you.. .Block Bros. Fof mow Infof motion cell BLOCK BROS. NATIONAL REAL ESTATE SERVICE LTD BLOCK BROS. Bill Lazaruk 328-7402 ;