The recent snow storms in Texas has destroyed many of my trees. Some have been taken down, but I am trying save my 20-year-old Yaupon Holly tree. It has three trunks and has lost the front of the tree. Can you cut the trunks across and still save the tree? Will it send new growth off the tree that is left, or should I just take it all the way down?
It should send off new growth, but the new growth will be bushier than it was before. If this is ok, then go ahead and do what you propose.
My Yaupon Holly bush has died. Do not know reason. Any ideas?
Here are some common problems with hollies:
I have purchased a home where the Yaupon hollies are way overgrown. What will happen if I cut them all the way back to have a fresh start? Any suggestions? They are all across the front of my home.
They need a type of pruning called rejuvenation pruning. This article contains information on that: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/HO-4.pdf
I have several large Yaupon-type shrubs across my front yard. They are about 15 years old and kind of thin and scraggle near the ground. Someone said I could cut them way back and they would begin to bush back out. If this is so, when can I cut them back? They are year-round evergreens, non-flowering.
Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/trimming-holly-bushes-how-to-prune-holly-bushes.htm
How do you trim this shrub into a ball?
These are real easy to shape, but you have to be careful not to cut all the foliage off the branches, and it's probably best done over a couple of years/seasons rather than trying to shape it all at once. Cut away all the lower branches close to the stem, standing back and looking as you go. You can't replace the branches once you remove them, so go easy until you get the feel of the size/look you want. After the stem is the right height, start at the bottom branch and shorten to the width of the ball shape you want, all around the shrub. Work your way up the higher branches until you are satisfied with the shape and height. Keep in mind that you could end up with bare patches within the shape of the ball, as you might have to remove a heavy foliaged branch, but within a couple of years and the right pruning, this will fill in. It won't be shaped and tight growing for a couple of years unless you are reshaping a previously shaped shrub.
In the event that you're looking for topiary instructions, this article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/how-to-make-your-own-topiary.htm
There are several areas where the bark lifts up and peels off. Otherwise the tree appears to be healthy. It is approx 15 ft tall. Could this be the work of squirrels or disease?
This article will provide some more information on peeling bark: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/peeling-bark-on-trees.htm
Several weeks ago I bought a large holly. The root ball was dry when I planted it and apparently did not give it enough water. When I realized what I had done, I have kept it moist. It has lost all of its leaves and I am fearful that it is dead. The fingernail test shows it to be green. No new growth is visible at this time. How long should I wait before I put another one in its place?
Stunted growth can be the repercussion of a dry root ball because a dry root ball cannot absorb water easily. I would recommend placing a dripping hose at the base of the holly and letting it run for several hours in order to dampen the dry root ball.
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