Question: laurel pruning
Hi, my name is Domenico, I would like some information about the pruning of Alloro hedges. I planted a large number of laurel plants in my garden about a month ago, in order to form a beautiful thick hedge to protect myself from the external view, in this regard I wanted to ask you, since the plants at the time of planting were already needed height, nowadays since they have grown a 40 cm, it is appropriate to prune them in order to maintain the height and favor the thickening in the lower part ??
Laurel pruning: Answer: laurel pruning
laurel plants respond very well to pruning, quickly producing new shoots, and therefore more dense vegetation; since they are very vigorous and resistant plants, generally they are pruned in spring, and if necessary pruning is repeated in autumn (or even in full summer, for example in August, if your plants are very young and exuberant). In addition to favoring a more compact development, and maintaining the thick hedge, pruning the branches upwards also helps to keep the shrubs full of branches over the entire length; in fact the laurel plants tend to become elongated shrubs, the pruning, in the upper part, allows you to give the shrubs a more rounded development. If by chance for a whole year you don't prune the laurel, you are also calm, and remedy with a more drastic pruning the following spring; so the laurels recover even after a very drastic pruning, as if nothing had happened; he considers that often it happens that laurel stumps, pruned right at the base of the stems, over a few months have already given birth to a new thick shrub. More than anything else, be careful to contain your hedge; laurels tend to produce basal shoots, even far from the main stem: if you let them grow, in a few years you will have practically new shrubs; it therefore contains pruning at the base as soon as they appear, especially when they are more than a meter from the base of the hedge. IF you prune the plants in spring and autumn, they will hardly bloom, which in fact is not entirely harmful, as the laurel flowers are not particularly decorative or perfumed; in any case, if your hedge still flourishes, in winter you will also have beautiful dark berries, which are usually eaten by birds. In spring and autumn, after pruning, sprinkle a few handfuls of slow release granular fertilizer, specific for hedges or green plants, at the base of the hedge; will provide fertilizer throughout the year.