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• A weeper or a spreader that's creeping over a walkway
• A dwarf that is outgrowing your expectations
• A specimen you want to keep beautifully shaped
• A plant whose shape you want to change or reclaim
• A plant that's gotten out of hand and has to be reduced in size.
We're entering prime pruning season right now so we will be out in the field tending our gardens, giving free lessons, and posting illustrated reports here. For instance, thus far:
Below: Gasp! It's the "after" to the photo at top right. No, it's not cut too drastically and yes it will come back fully. (Click to look at that cut's play by play.)
Your presentation on pruning conifers ...changed my whole outlook on conifers -- as in, prune rather than move! John Amdall, American Conifer Society
Many times we have less change to make or can follow a more gradual pruning timeline. Then, cuts are less drastic, or look that way even if they remove a lot of the plant.
Spreading junipers are frequent candidates for pruning. In this case, it's not simply the nature of the juniper that's caused it to overreach its bed. It's being pushed by the spruce behind it. Both juniper and spruce can be pruned, late summer is an excellent time to do it, and so these two are on our upcoming hit list. Be sure to check that list to see if the plant you have questions about pruning is there. Email us if you want a plant added to that list!
A weeping blue cedrus is also likely to encroach on a walkway, albeit from a higher plane. It also tends to have a higher price tag than a juniper, another source of anxiety when it's time to prune.