Thursday Landscape- Hand Pruning and Growth Cycles: Part 1

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The other day we were at a home of a possible client, and she had planted an evergreen which she like the look and size and was wondering if we could keep that way. I had to explain something I had done many times before when I worked at a nursery. Woody plants whether trees or shrubs need to grow to survive and you can control some of its’ growth thru pruning, but you can never keep it one size, never to grow. All woody plants grow, if they’re not it usually means they are in a state of decline.

So I went on to explain to her about growth cycles and why we hand prune. I thought about it and figured I post some my thoughts here, for it is a big part of my life and why not share some of my experiences about it.

Most plants we…

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