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What tools to use to trim Buxus topiary shrubs?

I think the complete question should read like: What tools to use to trim Buxus topiary shrubs … in a Japanese- and more specifically Zen-garden? Most of the karikomi and hako-zukuri topiary and other shrubs are the evergreen Buxus sempervirens (Box or Boxwood). Throughout the years I have used, or perhaps it is better to […]

Pruning shears with broken spring: How to repair ?


This is a lightweight (not a cheap, also known as Rose-pruner) hand pruner or pruning shears used to cut twigs and thin branches. It has only one cutting-edge. Today the spring that pushes the blades open, broke in two parts. Although it was immediately obvious to me how I can repair this, and continue […]

Maintaining the pathway edges


The Cotula groundcover would easily overgrow the tobi-ishi step stones. It may take a while before the path has disappeared but far before that point the characteristic beauty will have gone. The first photo shows the path as we like to see it after the edges where just cut. This is an activity without […]

Trimming the Juniperus media topiary shrubs


These two Juniper, Juniperus media “blue” are regarded topiary shrubs, rather then trees, because they are kept so low and form the backdrop for the main garden tsukubai facility. This photo shows the backside, as seen from the waterfront. The plant in front (right) is still untouched whereas the one in the back has […]

Chamaecyparis Lawsonia trimming


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 […]

Bamboo runner alert


In my post Bamboo shoots in unexpected places this subject was briefly addressed. Today I will go into more detail and show you the impact of not taking, or not taking sufficient measures, to restrict bamboo in its abundant expansion. Even when the correct measures are taken one still needs to frequently check for […]

Larix (Europeaus) decidua, fukinaoshi-pruning


We prune our Larix (Larch) for shape. This pruning is part of a long running fukinaoshi treatment and entails pruning for shape and applies to most of our tall trees. We started this activity in 2008, after I got hold of the book “Niwaki” by Jake Hobson. I will later write a book review […]