Pruning yews -one more time, please !
Greetings. I have 6 large hicksii yews (3 on either side of my front double doors). They are 15 years old and stayed medium sized until we took a tree out 3 years ago and they started getting more sun and moisture. Now with a better environment and lots of good organic care, they have literally double in size ~ and now they're too big !
Because I see clients in my home and they come through the front entrance, I always keep the lawn and flowerbeds in pristine condition, so heavy pruning 'back to a nub' in out of the question as is removing them altogether.
They are basically quite healthy and full with only one having considerably less center fullness. My intention is to prune out 1/4 - 1/3 of the unwanted fulness in March, but can't seem to find the answer to my biggest problem which is this:
WHEN PRUNING YEWS IS IT IMPORTANT TO PRUNE THE BRANCHES on AN ANGLE LIKE YOU WOULD TREES OR ROSES SO THE NEW GROWTH DEVELOPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND IF SO, WHAT ANGLE ??? In other words, I want to stimulate new branches that will grow from the center out and not just randomly this way and that.
I have watched several youtube pruning videos, read every article and book I can find including old gardenweb posts, but can't seem to find the answer to this specific issue.
Thanks in advance ! annie