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7 01, 2017

In Loving Memory of Ben Paterno Sr.

2018-04-24T15:49:27-05:00January 7th, 2017|

It is with deep sadness that we share that Ben Paterno Sr. passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016. He was 97 years old, predeceased by his wife Mary.

Ben Sr. was an integral part of encouraging and guiding Ben Jr, his son, to start Paterno Nurseries over 45 years ago. In 1984, Ben and Mary moved to the farm to help with the business and the growing Paterno family.

Over the past two decades Ben has spent his time focused on his garden producing a wildly successful crop each year – even in his 97th year! He also thoroughly enjoyed cutting the lawn on the farm, to the point that his great grandchildren knew which one was Noni’s tractor!

Ben will be deeply missed by his family and long-time customers and business associates of Paterno Nurseries.

ben lawn mower
4 05, 2015

Spring Pruning Tips

2018-04-25T18:54:58-05:00May 4th, 2015|

If you haven’t already begun to think about gardening, now is the time! Pruning is a very important step in maintaining the health and shape of your plants, and encouraging growth, aeration, and fruit/flowers.

Visit our Growing Tips page for general information on pruning shrubs and evergreens (including direction on when to prune different plants).

Right now (spring) is a great time to prune your roses. Here are some important tips and steps to consider for spring pruning of roses:

Pruning Roses

  • Before you begin to prune your rose bush, make sure you have a sharp pair of hand sheers.
  • First cut away any dead wood and remove any canes that are broken or damaged. Make your cuts at a 45 degree angle, and about 1/4 inch above a bud that is facing towards the outside of the plant.
  • It is also important to get rid of suckers that are growing from the ground.
  • Floribundas, hybrid teas, and grandifloras bloom on new growth, so it is important to prune them back to 1/2 to 2/3 the plant’s height. Remove interior canes to promote good air circulation.
  • For climbing roses, prune to remove winter damage and dead wood.