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I have a Juniper tree that is too fat for my patio. Instead of removing it, I would like to trim it. Is this a bad time of year to be "shaving" my tree? I was just going to run the trimmer up the sides.
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I sent an email to my brother about this. It's one of his specialties. He should be home soon, provided he left shortly after I did.

Nancy
it's been a really long day.
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Thanks Nancy!!
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About the juniper.

Junipers develop this 'dead zone' on the inside, and there will never be any growth on the dead wood. So you need to be very careful about pruning or the tree will simply die.

Waiting until very early spring, before the new buds start, is the ideal time. Can you wait that long?

Nancy
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Thanks Nancy. Yes, we can wait until spring.

When we planted them (4) around our front patio they were about 3 feet tall and skinny. Now, 6 years later they are huge. Not the right choice for that location! We ended up taking one out last weekend and will probably remove another next spring. I will be looking for slender bushes as replacements.
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Try Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil' - fantastic slender evergreen, assuming it's hardy in your location. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/you...

~mary anna
(and I concur... the junipers will be much happier if you leave them be til spring.)
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Try Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'

OOOH, that looks perfect....thanks!!
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Glad to be of help!

~mary anna
(plant geek)
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