Prune lau­rel

Garden News (UK) - - What To Do THis Week -

Lau­rel used as hedg­ing or ev­er­green shrubs in a bor­der can be pruned to main­tain their shape and to re­strict size. If pruned now, they only make a small amount of growth over the rest of the sum­mer and will keep their shape through win­ter un­til next spring, when new growth starts. For a neat job, avoid us­ing shears or a hedge trim­mer as they cut through fo­liage, leav­ing a tatty edge that turns brown. In­stead, use se­ca­teurs and cut the in­di­vid­ual stems just above a leaf. It takes a lit­tle longer, but the end re­sult is worth it.

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