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The Heat Is On
We may have had a cooler and wet spring this year, but the last couple weeks has really brought us back to the reality of Kansas weather in which we can go from cool jacket weather to sweltering humid heat in less than a week.   This gives us Kansans quite a challenge, both for ourselves and our landscapes.
Many of my shrubs at home (and others around town) looked very pathetic the end of last year due to the excessive heat & dry weather, but this spring’s weather has seemed to bring them back with astounding growth as if last summer did not happen.   Some shrubs, however, remind us of last year with tip die-back or even branch die-back.   If your shrubs do have die-back the dead branches should be pruned out.   If the shrub does not look aesthetically pleasing once the pruning is performed than you would consider removing and replacing it.  It might also be tempting while you are pruning out the dead branches to prune back even more.  Depending on the type of plant and history of the plant I would say to proceed with caution  Even though many plants look great this spring, they still have the stress from last summer.  As many have heard me say, plants are like people in the same manner if a person becomes stressed they are prone to sickness as are plants.
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