How to Trim Bushes Into Shapes

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Trimming bushes into shape is something that you would likely want to do with a pair of pruners. Trim bushes into shapes with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

This is Nicholas Staddon with Monrovia. Today, we're going to talk about how to trim bushes into shapes. For years and years it's been really fashionable to trim bushes into certain shapes and forms and all you need to do it is a pair of pruners. This is a really unusual olive called Little Ollie. It's a tubal poodle. And what we're going to do is just manicure the plant to keep the shape and form. It's very easy to do. Always keep your pruners well oiled. This way they work beautifully. Look how easy it is. You can have the plant looking like new again. This is called a Tabletop Topiary. You can have this on your table outdoors on the patio and this plant is going to be a pyramid but right now she's getting a little out of shape so with our pruners, nice and sharp, we just come through here gently. Now the top portion is important. We only want this plant to be so high, so we're going to tape off the top leader and it's as easy as that. I'm here with Amelio. Amelio is a Monrovia craftsman. What we have today is a Spartan Juniper but he is going to make it into a spiral. They can be used in many many different parts of America, the warmer regions and the colder regions. Look at this plant taking shape. I mean this is really exciting stuff. Now the big pruners, this is where a pair of good sharp garden shears comes into being. The final touches, the barber, the expert, the craftsman is nearly done. There we go.


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