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Trimming the Thuja occidentalis hedgerow

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The Thuja occidentalis “Braband” hedgerown in the left garden was planted only two years ago, in July 2008. That first year this 30 meter (100 feet) long hedgerow of 100 evergreen thuja conifers was left alone. Then the following year, in 2009, we have leveled the top twigs and done a first trimming of […]

Herb garden box-hedge trimming

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Herb garden box-hedge trimming needs to be done twice per year. Depending on the growth-cycle the first time in any year can be limited to partial clipping (post Partial buxus clipping for way through) to ensure the pathway walk-trough and easy access to the different plant-compartments. Although a herb garden may not be the first […]

Ulmus parvifolia, Elm-tree pollarding and thinning

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A previous post was named Ulmus parvifolia, Elm-tree prunning and was about interim pruning. This post is about the annual pruning, in particular topping and thinning to retain the desired size and shape. This is also called pollarding, the annual removal of all of the previous year’s growth, resulting in a flush of slender […]

Trimming the Taxus baccata (yew) hedgerow

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Trimming the Taxus baccata hedgerow  (common name yew, or European yew) we mostly do this only once a year. In general this hedgerow does not perform well. We expect two reasons for that, one being the water household is not okay and secondly, on the other side, there are too many plants too close […]

Tuning the hako-zukuri part of our main o-karikomi box topiary

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Depending on the annual growth-cycle trimming of the O-karikomi in the main garden happens once or twice per annum. Tuning the hako-zukuri part of this O-karikomi box topiary ‘sculpture’ is done at least twice a year. Because the hako-zukuri and karikomi objects in the center part are much smaller it is important to threat […]

Chamaecyparis Lawsonia trimming

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Next to our Cryptomeria Japonica (Lawson’s Cypress) “elegans” stands the Chamaecyparis Lawsonia “white spot”. After I had pruned the Cryptomeria ( post: Cryptomeria Japonica “elegans”, fukinaoshi-pruning ) I pruned the Chamaecyparis. We prune our Chamaecyparis Lawsonia for shape. This pruning is part of a long running fukinaoshi treatment that entails pruning for shape and applies […]

Buxus disease, Box Blight? Problem with box topiary

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This year for the first time the boxwood topiary across the garden have dead branches. In most cases these are small branches but some instances are more serious and in one case it is a substantial part of a plant that is part of the o-karikomi and is highly visible. One of four plants […]

Cryptomeria Japonica “elegans”, fukinaoshi-pruning

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Cryptomeria is a monotypic genus of conifer. Our Cryptomeria Japonica “elegans” (sugi, 杉) stands in the left side garden compartment. On these photo’s it is shown just after this years pruning. On the left viewed from the waterside and on the right as seen from the front garden that is street side. The trees need […]

Replenishing the Turtle-island lakes, bird bath

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Topping up or replenishing the Turtle-island lakes in the front garden is a semi-automated task. During these hot summer days, due to evaporation and the dozens of birds (and cats aahhh) drinking and bathing, the water level in the lower reservoir can quickly get too low. Too low, not as such an immediate danger […]

Nothofagus antarctica, pruning for shape

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This is how the Nothofagus antarctica, Antarctic Beech, looked prior to pruning back in 2008. In the years prior to 2008 we have thinned it consistently every year, to be less compact and open than it would naturally grow. We prune the Nothofagus antarctica (genus southern beeches) in the left side garden compartment, for […]