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Question: hello, i just recently moved and the previous owners have alot of greenery as far as lily pads vines and they are growing like wild fire i trimmed most of them down and cut off the dead pieces im new to gardening and im not sure at all what to do so some good advice is needed. thank you. Jen/NJ

Answer: Pruning is usually done in the spring, just as new growth begins. The only exceptions to this rule would be those plants that bloom in the spring. These should be pruned immediately after flowering has finished. Now that you've cut everything back, your main goal should be to identify everything that's growing in your yard. Sometimes just walking through nurseries and garden centers can help you determine what's in your own garden. I'd either make plant stakes to place next to each plant and add their names as you can, or make a drawing of your landscape and write the names of the plants in the drawing. Once you've identified the plants you can either look them up (there are lots of gardening books in the library) or send us a question about a specific plant. We can guide you as to proper care, feeding, watering and pruning of each.

Best wishes with your garden!

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