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Q.please instruct on proper pruning of boxwood spheres

Zone 37179 | Anonymous added on June 12, 2020 | Answered

My 4 foot rounded box woods were just pruned into balls with lower branches trimmed inward.. I thought this would kill the plant, and it just need to slant ever so slightly inward.. help!

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Answered on June 12, 2020

It's best not to turn inward at all. By leaving the top rounded and the sides in a gumdrop shape, it allows sun to reach all the leaves. If you must curve inward, just a slight indentation will help avoid the thinning and browning of the lower shrub. Also some thinning cuts, instead of just shearing, will allow more light inward.



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