After last weeks great responses on fertilizing ( please feel free to e mail anytime or message on Instagram ) I am going to give you some tips on pruning and shaping.

I was surprised I didn’t want to get too technical but seeing that you all liked it here you go

These spiral Arborvitaes take years to be trained to look like this – and while you don’t want to start from scratch – you do want to maintain the look that your purchased.

Buckle up grab a glass of wine and here we go Tally ho !

The Boxwood balls need constant work to maintain their globe shapes

All plants in which you wish to influence their shape, or influence upon their natural habit, or rejuvenate, or improve their flowering and fruiting in some way are candidates for pruning.  Properly pruned plants will also produce more flowers, more fruit, and more colorful stems and leaves.  They will also keep their artificial shape (Hedges, Espalier’s, Topiaries, Coppices) longer and look better for a longer period of time.

To keep a hedge and these spirals looking crisp Plant Specialists prunes and trims weekly.

At the core, pruning is the simplest method to manipulate a plant’s growth, shape and productivity, by cutting and training it to achieve what you want to happen.  To prune is not so much knowing how and where to cut but knowing what you’re trying to achieve.  You should know in your mind what the plant will look like when you’re finished, BEFORE you have taken the pruners into your hands.  You should know what it will do in response to your pruning cuts before you begin.  You should know which buds will respond and sprout, and where on the plant and in which quantities, before you begin the pruning.

To achieve this symmetry with this cut leaf Japanese Maple – The Plant Specialists team is constantly pruning and slightly manipulating.

Understanding what it is you want to achieve is the basis for pruning.  This understanding comes from the interaction between the garden’s design and the natural habit of the plants. You should know what is the natural habit of the plant before pruning it. In addition, you should understand the overall design of the garden and the environmental conditions of the garden itself because both of these will influence your pruning.

A consistant pruning and wiring regime keeps this beauty looking like a cascading waterfall.

Pruning with scant regards to the growth and flowering cycles, or natural habit or shape of plants is inviting failure.  You should familiarize yourself with all of the aspects of a plants natural habit before beginning. Have fun !

A beautifully pruned hedge or Pine – gives the garden an architectural element – if you are going for a messy look or highly manicured – pruning is always needed