I have a large English holly and three small holly bushes that seem to be losing their leaves. The leaves are also turning brown at the edges. I do not know what to do about it.
There are a few things that can cause this. Holly scorch is the most common. This happens when the weather changes too quickly. The plant will recover from this on its own. Are you seeing any other symptoms? That will help us pinpoint it better.
I have many overgrown English holly bushes, some that have grown to over 10 feet tall. Is it ok to cut them down to 12 inches off the ground? Will they survive and grow back? I was quoted over $600 to have them trimmed!
English holly should be pruned more lightly, according to the instructions in the following articles:
The best technique is to remove about 1/3 of the total size of the plant at any one time, so it will take several years to get them down to size. But you can gradually improve their appearance. You can shorten branches and/or remove some branches to thin out the holly.
I believe my male English Holly Bush has no hope of recovery. It has very little leaves around the side and not much more on top. The main trunk of this bush has a large rot hole in it about a foot off of the ground. However, there is a significant new chute growing out of the main trunk at ground level. It's about a foot tall. My instincts are to cut the entire bush down to expose that new chute to give it a fighting chance. I've attaches a few pictures. Are my instincts correct?
I agree with your strategy. Make sure to fertilize after the severe pruning. Any idea how the large hole happened? In future, pruning should remove the oldest branches to the ground and not just the growth on the outside. Repeated trimmings of outer growth lead to dense shading of the interior and the dying out of branches. Pruning should let light and air reach the interior which improves overall plant health and aesthetics.
I would like to remove completely the male closest to the female , but the other male is about 6 - 8 feet away from the female . Is this wise ? Don,t feel confident about moving the female which is a well established tree about 8 ft tall . Thanks Jim Barr
I looked up several references and found a distance of 50 to 300 feet as the maximum spacing to ensure pollination. Your plan to put them 6-8 feet apart is fine. Keep in mind the maximum mature height and spread when spacing your hollies. Six feet may be too close if you have one of the tree varieties.