Mindy from M and M Flowers sends a crew every year in late June to prune the boxwood garden in front of the shop. Pruning day is a really big deal; I make sure the spring growth is totally flushed out before I ask her to prune. This is a big job that takes a lot of planning and thought. If you prune your boxwood too early, you may be faced with the prospect of pruning it again.
I like the spring flush of boxwood growth to be done, and hardening off-prior to the music of the shears. I so have patience for this part of my landscape maintenance. Once a year-the pruning of the boxwood. The boxwood cue me-I do not cue them. The steel poles driven into the ground, and the carefully drawn level lines are a sure sign of a formal pruning event to come.
Mindy’s crew prunes my boxwood with hand shears. Corona is by no means a designer tool company. They make reasonally priced and well engineered tools. My point here? Pruning boxwood is not about a tool. It is about an experienced eye, and a willing and patient pair of hands. Gorgeous pruning has everything to do with that individual who is willing to clip clip clip-with a sharp tool, for hours on end.
Techny arborvitae grow so so slow-it should have been named Arborvitae The Snail. My short pair of techny arborvitae hedges enclosing the shop property-every bit of 13 years old. They are just now coming into their own.
The boxwood in the front of the shop suffered terribly, given several winters with incredibly heavy snow loads. We are on year two of a treatment for a rare fungal infection from hell. The boxwood are being trimmed a shade looser this year. Every move in a landscape asks for some thought. Some spot on, current and relevant thought can make for a great garden.