Time to Prune!
I planted a Sitka laurel hedge about ten years ago. For something a little different, I’ve decided to add a swooping curve to the top.
I would definitely encourage anyone who is feeling dull inside as you head outside with shears-in-hand to go ahead and play with the form of your plants. I had a great time and I like to think the plants did as well.
Something else that I’ve decided to do differently with this bed is that I’m letting the pine go without a haircut for the year. This is a choice that I’ve felt less sure of. It’s older than the laurels by about 10 years and has always been cut heavily, usually early in the spring. I’ve always looked at it as a bush but, suddenly had a sense that it needed to become more tree-like.
So, now the laurel has been lowered and the pine is going up. Fingers crossed!