Weather patterns have definitely changed in western Pennsylvania over the past few years. In a Pittsburgh region that normally receives enough rain, the first three weeks of July had two-and-one-half times normal rainfall amounts. Since many houses were built in low-lying areas, flooding has become a recurring issue.

Pine trees and pine shrubs have a “window” of time when they should be pruned each year and that is usually the month of June in Pennsylvania and the northeastern United States. Pruning focuses on shortening the new growth on pines called “candles” once that growth has elongated. This is how Christmas tree growers produce those shapely trees!