Pruning an Overgrown Topiary

I really enjoy creative pruning.

My friend Tommy called me the other day. It seems that we had planted a large yaupon holly tree in his front yard a number of years ago and I shaped it into a topiary form. Tommy has kept it pruned for a number of years but now he is getting too old to want to get on the ladder any more.  Notice the wording—not “too old to get on the ladder”, but “too old to want to get on the ladder.”

At any rate, Tommy called and said that his favorite tree was getting out of hand.  Here’s what I drove up to:

This tree is carefully placed as an accent and it truly needs a bit of shaping

This tree is carefully placed as an accent and it truly needs a bit of shaping

We studied it for quite a while and then went after it with hand clippers and motor pruners.  Here’s how the project ended up.  Tommy was happy.

A tree yaupon pruned into a topiary form.  Anyone want to go visit Whoville?

A tree yaupon pruned into a topiary form. Anyone want to go visit Whoville?

I hope we passed the audition.

Here are some other articles on pruning that you may enjoy. Click on the title.

Pruning a Japanese Maple

Pruning as an art form: The Basics of Pruning

Tree forming, shaping a bush into a tree: Tree Forming in Landscaping

Bonsai:  How to Start a Bonsai

Bonsai Maintenance:  Pruning an Overgrown Bonsai

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pbmgarden
    Aug 04, 2013 @ 18:26:45

    Nice work there.

    Reply

  2. Patricia Montgomery
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 16:39:45

    Amazing transformation!

    Reply

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