A fun, and easy, way to prune bushes
I’ve always referred to the process of pruning a bush to look like a tree as “treeing it up”. But upon searching that term on the interwebs, I apparently made that up. The most-returned result referenced a dog driving a raccoon or other animal up into a tree. So pretty close! 🙂
We had this overgrown Loropetalum bushy tree in the front yard. It was like bedhead-crazy with limbs sticking out in all directions. After Brandon attacked it with our hedge trimmers, it looked like this:
(If you accidentally cut through your extension cord while using hedge trimmers, check out my post on repairing an extension cord for less than $4!)
That alone made it look so much better! But since this is a tree-form of the Loropetalum bush, it could be even better by pruning the lowest little limbs to make it look more like a tree and less like a bush. With my pruning sheers in hand, I quickly cut the thin, leafy suckers that filled up the base of the bush.
See how you can see some legs on it now?? That’s my little tip for you, don’t neglect the bottom branches when pruning a tree-like bush. It makes all the difference! Hey! It’ll work for non-tree plants too-just prune those bottom branches!
We “treed up” our camellias (the only original bushes left behind during my renovation) in the backyard a few years ago and maintain that look annually. Just gives it a much cleaner, well-maintained look!
Just a side note, if you’ve never looked into a Loropetalum for your yard, I love them! They have purple and green leaves, but when they bloom, the flowers look like tiny hot pink tissue paper pom-poms. So fun! And they come in all shapes and sizes, there’s a much smaller bush version that’s very wispy and pretty as well as a thicker, tall version great for creating a screen in a side yard or along a fence.
Even after pruning and shaping I’m realizing our tree is pretty large! I think next spring we’ll cut it down more to make it smaller and hopefully it’ll fill in to make it more dense too!
How’s your summer yard maintenance growing, I mean, going? Haha! What’s your favorite season for being out in the yard? I enjoy reading any and all comments, so please leave one below!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea