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Pruning Asiatic Jasmine


You know this groundcover, especially if you choose the right kind, really grows well here. This Asiatic jasmine and English ivy can literally cover you up.

Well this winter has really burned it back some and kind of gotten it into a mess and this is the time of the year to get something done about it. What you need to do is just get out from under this mess that you've got, get your old weed-eater or weed-whacker whatever, protective gear of course always, crank her up, and see if you can kind of shred it back down.


Just shred that back until it's fairly low to the ground to where you can manage it. You do that at this time of the year so it will grow out; it won't look this ugly very long and then it will grow out and eventually have new growth and you can remove all the dead growth killed by the winter. So now is the time to manage your ground cover, whether it's Asiatic jasmine or English ivy, cut it back or mow it so it will be pretty this spring and summer.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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