Instead of going down to the local home improvement store and spending a lot of money for shrubs and trees why not grow your own?
Taking hardwood cuttings and propagating your own landscape can not only save you a bundle but leave you with a lot of practical experience. Taking the cuttings is easy. Here the procedure is in just a few steps.
Take a pair of very sharp scissors and cut the stem just above either one or two buds right at the point where this yearâ€™s growth is separated from last years.
Remove the foliage and shoots from the stem and make your cuttings about 8â€ for threes and 3â€ for shrubs.
Now place an angled cut above the upper most bud and then a horizontal one just below the bottom, bracketing the two buds. You are going to want to scar the base of each section to encourage rooting. Just slice off a thin layer of the wood with a razor or knife and apply hormone rooting powder.