Listening to the radio last night I heard a song about how the Winter makes us reflective and reminds us to read those books stacked next to the bed. I started to reflect on some of the ornamental trees and a shrub around the micro farm. I have not made much time to take good care of them. Over the past two years I have been pruning them to protect the house, to cut obvious overgrowth, and to give birds access to bird feeders.
For my zone 5 micro farm March is probably the best time for me to prune these plants. I took pictures today to help me plan my pruning, before I need the snowshoes to take pictures.
The front of the house has an ornamental maple tree and a holly shrub.
I think I am a bit concerned by how the branches stem off near the bottom of the tree. If I cut those limbs it will look dramatically different, but may be good for the tree. There is also a good deal of growth toward the middle of the tree, so much of that will be pruned out as well. I also think the tree’s shape is a bit un-even so I want to even it out as well.
The holly bush has some seasonally appropriate red berries now. I think if I did some better pruning I think the berries would be more visible.
I want to bring in the sides to stay in line with the house. There are a couple of “holes” that might take a couple of years to fill in. I also need to prune the back to it is about 16″ away from the house.
I have two trees in the back that also need pruning.
I am thinking about moving this tree. It is very near the septic tank and I do not want the roots to interrupt the septic system. So pruning may need to wait until next year. However, it is a strong grower, I have cut it back strongly twice and always comes back nice and strong.
I welcome your thoughts or ideas about how to prune these trees. I do not have a lot of pruning experience. I am confident I will not kill these trees but I do not want them to look ugly for the next two years, especially the ones that face the street.
Enjoy the next week and Christmas. I wish you peace and joy at this Christmas season.
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.