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pruning junipers


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Laura19-Sep-02 09:37 PM EST 8a   
Ed19-Sep-02 11:04 PM EST 5a   
Laura20-Sep-02 01:33 AM EST   
Ed20-Sep-02 08:48 AM EST 5a   
Laura22-Sep-02 01:37 AM EST   
steve13-May-05 09:49 AM EST 5   
28-May-05 06:16 PM EST   
28-May-05 06:16 PM EST   


Subject: pruning junipers
From: Laura (isaiah4915@hotmail.com)
Zone: 8a
Date: 19-Sep-02 09:37 PM EST

Me again, I have tons of questions as we just moved to BC and we were in zone 2a before, now zone 8a. I think I've died and gone to heaven!! There are some huge overgrown junipers in the front yard that I am not liking much. They've never been trimmed and are about 5' tall and crowded. How do I trim them, and can I thin them out??


Subject: RE: pruning junipers
From: Ed
Zone: 5a
Date: 19-Sep-02 11:04 PM EST

You can reduce its height by about 6" and prune 3-4" off the sides. Doing this annually will maintain its present size and shape. Only because of snow loads in our area, I prefer to prune towards fall to maximise snow shedding. Otherwise, I have not found timing important. Of course, you can thin them out; simply remove those that are superfluous.


Subject: RE: pruning junipers
From: Laura (isaiah4915@hotmail.com)
Zone:
Date: 20-Sep-02 01:33 AM EST

Thanks Ed for all the help, I am really looking forward to gardening in BC, there is so much here that can't be grown on the Prairies, but its like starting from the beginning, relearning everything. Are junipers hard to take out as one is starting to choke out my smoke tree?


Subject: RE: pruning junipers
From: Ed
Zone: 5a
Date: 20-Sep-02 08:48 AM EST

I would simply saw them off as near to ground level as possible. As they are now competing with adjacent plants, you won't be planting anything there, anyway. Removing them entirely, however, is no big deal. Conifers do not have tap roots. Roots are shallow and spreading. Start by digging a trench a foot or two from the trunk, severing the relatively fine roots encountered. This can usually be done with the digging spade, providing the edge is sharp and rust free, as all garden tools should be. Keep digging towards the trunk, severing increasingly thicker roots with a hatchet, if necessary. Depending on their length, removal of the lower branches may be advisable before proceeding further. Before much more of this, you will find that providing leverage on the upper trunk will snap the remaining shortened roots and VOILA! Mission accomplished !


Subject: RE: pruning junipers
From: Laura (isaiah4915@hotmail.com)
Zone:
Date: 22-Sep-02 01:37 AM EST

Sounds like a good stress buster! Hopefully I can get at them before too long. Thanks again.


Subject: RE: pruning junipers
From: steve (graf@northnet.org)
Zone: 5
Date: 13-May-05 09:49 AM EST

Hi, all. I have several sea green junipers in my landscape. I want to retstrain their size by pruning, retaining the natural spray or vase shape. I don't want to shear the shrub into an awkward shape. How can i best go about this? I've pruned ground cover junipers sucessfully allowing them to retain their natural shape but never larger plants. thanx


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Date: 28-May-05 06:16 PM EST


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