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should I cut?

Posted by pondwelr z5 WI (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 10, 09 at 15:55

Red barberry in my front yard was cut down a bit by the landscapers, and all the new growth is brilliant, hot, pink! So beautiful.

I know nothing about trimming shrubs, but these two guys are right next to the public sidewalk and need to be kept from arching over and snagging someone.

I remember one landscaper saying to cut long limbs from the bottom. Makes sense. So how can I get this lovely
color most of the summer without a 'butch' haircut?

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RE: should I cut?

I'm not a shrub expert, but with most shrubs, you can trim out up to one/third of the older branches (from the bottom) every year for three years, and then you'll have a new shrub!

You can watch for arching branches, and cut them back just enough so that they don't hurt the passers-by.

Just my two cents worth, but I'm sure someone else will chime in with better advise.


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