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Pruning laurel bush

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 15:47

Thanks for your replies folks.  I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's actually quite a nice shape - we've kept it pruned iourselves each year to keep it tidy.  Quite apart from the fact that it would be almost impossible to get it out, we quite like it - it's a good screen from the neighbours.  But it's quite tall now and we're getting a bit long in the tooth to be climbing up a ladder to do the top .   As Verdun says, it seems to be very happy where it is and the birds do like it too!   Perhaps we'll leave it till the Spring and get it a good haircut then, lol.

Pruning laurel bush

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 19:48

We had a couple of big conifers removed recently and the man who we employed to do it offered to come back around now to prune down a very large laurel bush.  It certainly needs cut back drastically, but I'm wondering whether it's a bit late in the year to do it now.  (North of Scotland where the winter is predicted to be a harsh one ).  Should I tell him I'll leave it until the Spring?


Posted: 04/11/2016 at 19:39

Yes Jane, sounds a bit odd.  I'm in the Scottish Highlands, about 800ft up, and I've never protected my one and only hydrangea.  The stems have never died back - It took a few years to flower, but this year it has been lovely.  I'm going to leave the flower heads on over the winter as its only protection (it can get pretty nippy up here !!) and hopefully it'll be OK for next year.

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 14:23

OK thanks Verdun.  I think as we're having a rare warm spell just now, (famous last words, lol) I'll maybe compromise and cut back one thick branch now and leave the rest till Spring. 

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 19:49

Been reading this thread with interest.  I'm also in the Highlands of Scotland and have been out today having a look at my escallonia (not a hedge - just a shrub)  It's quite tall, maybe 5 or 6 feet in bits, but very bare in the middle - lots of thick branches with just twiggy shoots at the ends, which have flowered.  I'm wondering whether I can cut back some of the really thick wood to get new shoots from the bottom, or would that make things worse?  It would certainly create a lot of holes in the middle, but would be worth it if it would look better by next year.  Thanks for any advice.


Posted: 06/04/2016 at 20:53

Pinkpeony, we had Greenthumb do ours a couple of weeks ago.  They hollow-tined first and then came back a couple of weeks later to scarify.  We've had more or less constant rain since then (not their fault!) and our grass now looks like a muddy ploughed field .  It looks a heck of a lot worse now than it was before.  They're supposed to come back soon to feed it, but I think they're going to have to re-seed about 50% of it.  I'm not a happy bunny!!


Posted: 04/04/2016 at 16:22

Am I missing something here?  I can't see a reply from Dave  but I'm assuming from Nutcutlet's comment, the answer is to give it a haircut now?

Cutting Red Robin

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 16:19

Thanks Tetley.  I'll do that then.

New build house waterlogged garden - clay soil

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 20:55

Dudeni, I can wholeheartedly sympathise.  We also bought a new-build house a few years ago.  Planting anything at all is a nightmare - the clay is like plasticine and we could almost have built a new house with the boulders we took out when trying to dig holes to plant anything .  The borders do fill up with water when the weather is wet (where we live, that's most of the time), but so far, most things have survived.  We do have grass but it's a constant fight trying to battle with the moss.  I think you have to accept you won't have a great lawn, but with a bit of hard work, ours looks not too bad in the summer


Posted: 01/04/2016 at 20:38

I have a Potentilla which has become very loose and lanky with lots of bare bits at the bottom and the new flowers at the top.  Is the right time to give it a severe pruning, or should I leave it till after it flowers?  I was going to prune it after flowering last year, but it carried on flowering till the weather was too horrible to go out and cut it back!

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