how do I prune this cotoneaster?

sewnice50August 27, 2006

I tried pruning this cotoneaster a few years ago by lopping off branches at the bottom. Its now very thin and curvy looking instead of dense. How do I prune this to look more filled in? Can I shape this shrub to look better?

Also, I need to prune the junipers but the centers are very dead looking, will they come back if I prune them back hard? I eventyally want to start over with this front and side landscaping with something less dense. Any ideas?

Here is a link that might be useful: cotoneaster

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

odds are low the junipers will come back ...

remove them completely ...

if that is the cotoneaster in the middle.. after you remove the juniper ... then decide if you still like it..

frankly .. if it were me... i would get rid of it all and start over ... you can do so much more for the house in the picture than what is there ....

ken

    Bookmark   August 28, 2006 at 12:59PM
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shrubs_n_bulbs(z8/9 UK)

Cotoneasters can be pruned almost at will. You won't kill it but you'll have to be careful to maintain a natural look. Might be best to gradually cut out stems most of the way down until the whole plant has been cut back. New stems will grow back with a reasonable form. If you just cut the whole thing halfway it will come back a mess.

Junipers are unlikely to produce growth from the brown interiors even if you prune them hard, that's just the way they are. If they have to be cut back you could gove them a season to see if they sprout but chances are they won't.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2006 at 4:41PM
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sewnice50

Thanks for the advise. I do want to change that entire area but I just paid a bundle to redo the front yard so I need to hold back from spending. I thought a good prune would suffice for now. I will cut back the cotoneaster to the ground, next spring?? or now??
Thanks again!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2006 at 10:18AM
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