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how do I prune this cotoneaster?

Posted by sewnice50 z5 WI (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 27, 06 at 10:46

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?

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RE: how do I prune this cotoneaster?

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 ....


RE: how do I prune this cotoneaster?

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.

RE: how do I prune this cotoneaster?

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!

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