Posted: 30/12/2014 at 17:54
When I moved here 3 years ago there were 2 conifer bushes shaped like balls in the garden, they grow from one central 'stem' from just above ground level and are globe like. They were almost rock hard and dense so that you could lean against them and they wouldn't move, except to wobble, they didn't yield like a hedge would.
I seem not to have noticed them growing quietly away into shrubs almost 7' tall and 15' round.
So under my not so watchful eye they have become loose and more open and have lost their jelly like structure.
My question(s) is - is it possible to return them to their smaller/denser state by pruning? Or can I now only hope to keep them the size they are by regular pruning - and if that's the case will they become denser over time - if so it's ok because the garden can take the size. I suppose i just need to get them under control and keep them that way! Just don't know how or when to prune - they are trimmed right now .
I had grandiose ideas of topiary at one stage but don't know if that's possible with conifer - I don't know what species they are but can post a photo tomorrow if it would help - too dark now.