I am wondering,,, why are you having to prune hydrangeas so often? Hydrangeas normally do not require pruning (assuming they are planted in a location where they can grow to their normal size). In AL, you would not suffer from stems dried out by winter so what forces you to do that yearly? If they are planted too close to other bushes, consider transplating and using smaller "dwarf" hydrangeas in the current area.
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on Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:38 am, edited 1 time in total.