Start young. Prune evergreens according to their growth habits. Since junipers and other conifers produce new growth in spring and fall, and do not grow much in summer, prune them in early spring in warm regions or early summer in cooler regions. Winter pruning is a great option because it ensures that the plant is pruned before new growth begins. For example, if the length of a protruding branch is 24 inches (61 cm), you should prune 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) off of the branch. Select three to four main branches with lots of green mass, remove the remaining branches. Tree branches look like clouds (hence the name). If a juniper gets pruned too far on the top, will it come back? Sep 30, 2020 - Explore Laura Lynn's board "pruning junipers", followed by 305 people on Pinterest. Never use shears to shape the tree as they can damage the branches and stop growth. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 44,999 times. After you trim the branches to the junctions, keep an eye out for new growth. At first, when you go to choose the plant that you are going to use, make sure it has some interesting branch formations. Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. Then draw, in strong simple lines, what you would like the finished hedge to look like. Examine the plant for long branches that originate under other branches and can be removed without leaving a bare spot. Be careful not to trim the branches too close to the center of the tree! How to Prune Junipers & Coniferous Evergreens. Prune junipers annually to correct their shape. Cloud pruning is a traditional Japanese method of pruning trees, typically used in the art of bonsai, but also frequently seen in landscapes all over the world. Shorten any of these back to make them more bushy when new growth emerges in the spring. Do not use wire to do this unless you are also using tree straps around the branches. The cut-off, unchosen branches should include all dead and scraggly looking branches. Junipers can be trimmed any time from spring until the first freeze of the year. http://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-and-plant-advice/horticulture-care/pruning-evergreens, http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-upright-junipers/, https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/2003/3-7-2003/pruneshrub.html, http://www.finegardening.com/article/pruning-arborvitae-junipers-and-chamaecyparis, consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. This technique is especially popular in the Far East and in USA but has yet to really catch on here. Proper juniper pruning will prevent irreversible damage to the health and beauty of your specimen. Hedges also surround my yard, but it is formed of thuja.eval(ez_write In one of my gardens, I found a rather nondescript, nothing-in-particular Juniper (type of Conifer) growing in a rockery. I am having a hard time typing, thanks to all the prickles and blotches, which explains the unusual lack of acerbity and remarkable shortness of reply. Get your tools ready. Jun 8, 2019 - Explore Lisa Beth Ruggerole's board "cloud pruning", followed by 265 people on Pinterest. If you can’t find a junction, simply cut the branch to match the overall shape and height of the bush. Cloud pruning OTOH is all the rage….. This article has been viewed 44,999 times. I've always wanted to have a go at creating one of these cloud-layer trees, the ones with pads of foliage on long bare branches, and I got a chance, back in 2016. Always wear gloves when using pruning equipment to protect your hands from cuts and scrapes. Wire will rub against them. For more tips on how to prune your juniper, including how to thin creeping and semi-upright junipers, keep reading! {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/6\/6a\/Prune-a-Juniper-Tree-Step-1.jpg\/v4-460px-Prune-a-Juniper-Tree-Step-1.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/6\/6a\/Prune-a-Juniper-Tree-Step-1.jpg\/aid9874315-v4-728px-Prune-a-Juniper-Tree-Step-1.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":345,"bigWidth":"728","bigHeight":"546","licensing":"

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