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Today left wondering if anyone can give me a bit of advice on a monster of a rhododendron when say monster I mean monster never been pruned or cut back since being plant is now at about 16ft round about 10ft tall the customer as asked me to tame this beast back to a reasonable size but has stressed would not want to remove it as it was plant in memory of there grandmother who wouldn't let anyone near her rhododendrons when she was a live there is some other work there to keep me busy such as removing that thorny shrubs with bright orange berries begin with P and some small tree felling and cutting the hedges back along with topping and other jobs a lot of which can be done over winter months and dare I say it fair bit of burning to keep me warm on those cold winter days once clear the garden it will be prepared for lawns to be lay in spring and some other shrubs and plants put in along with a line of flowering cherries and maple trees along driveway to replace the dead trees that were felled and some oaks and other hard wood trees in a small woodland area at the back of the garden
You can cut rhododendrons as hard back as you like....they will recover. I would cut it back to a smaller size than the ideal size required. Sharp saw, clean cuts and remove all weeds around it. A mulch of ericaceous bark chips too. It will not flower for a few years though. They flower on wood made last year so possibly it will flower in 3 years.
Always pleased to hear about the removal of pyracantha too. ,hate that shrub. Its vicious thorns make it a big no for me.
Enjoy the warmth from the woodburning del.
Agree with Verdun. Rhodes will withstand fairly brutal hacking. If you see what they do to them in some large Scottish gardens, reducing them almost to stumps, and they always seem to grow back.
hiya Verdun and punkdoc thanks for the help last encounter with the pyracantha that removed on a job 2 hours with chainsaw cutting down and clearing up 3 hours removing the thorns from hands and arms even with the correct saw protection ever since NOT LIKE THE STUFF needs health warning on it
You need danger money del
reckon so things we do for a nice gardens
I've also taken out some Pyracanthas and ornamental quince. I'm trying to grow person friendly shrubs but definately can't do without my roses. Pyracantha should have a health and safety warning on them