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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 […]

Niwaki-trees annual pruning and trimming for shape and size

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Most of the solitary trees need one major annual treatment of pruning and trimming for shape and size. After 12 years in our garden, most trees ar some 15 to 17 years of age and have now reached the right size and often the right shape. It is in particular the shape that can […]

Trimming the Juniperus media topiary shrubs

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]