Japanese holly renewal pruning?

sujiwan_gwMay 1, 2010

I am clearing all the junk out of my long hedges--finally. Hacking away at the japanese honeysuckle and bittersweet vines that are such pests in my yard, I pulled all the growth off a large Japanese holly. It looks "tonsorial" as in the top is totally denuded of leaves from being shaded and there are only leaves where it wasn't covered. Plus, I discovered a monster of a hole (maybe woodchuck) hidden directly beneath it.

I am going to be drastically pruning the overgrown forsythia next to it, thinning it out and removing the same pestiferous honeysuckle. What can I do for this holly? I'm going to have to get access to the area beneath it to fill up that hole and I'd like to see leaves re-cover the nude areas.

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

When shaded shrubs are released from suppression they fill back in on their own. Specific response varies with kind and condition. Maybe just prune yours back in those places where it is likely to blow around or fall over.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2010 at 2:25PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Japanese hollies respond beautifully to rejuvenation pruning. This 'procedure' involves cutting your plants all the way back to 6 inch stumps (or even less). Do it neatly and cleanly...and don't fertilize . Your plants will reward you with abundant new growth the first growing season.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2010 at 3:47PM
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