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How to Prune an Overgrown Laurel

By Donna Emery ; Updated September 21, 2017

Pruning an overgrown laurel will encourage healthier growth in the future. Prune an overgrown laurel with help from a gardening professional in this free video clip.

Transcript

Hello. I'm Donna Emery from Glover Nursery in West Jordan, Utah. How do you prune and overgrown laurel. These laurels here against the house are in their second year of renovation. Last year we pretty much took a chain saw to them and just sawed them down. And now we're going to start shaping them. I've brought in here with me loppers, pruning shears and a pruning saw. And I've also gone ahead and made some guide posts or measurement marks for myself. I want these to be below the window. So I have put some flagging tape four feet off the ground, so I don't lose track of how tall I want them to be. Just going to set these down because all I need for this part is my shears. I'm following each of these down to where there is a junction or a leaf node. I don't want this to look squared off or artificial. I want to keep it natural looking. So I'm making one cut at a time. That's looking pretty good. We also had an unusually harsh winter. So I'm going to pick off or clip off all of the winter damaged leaves. I'm leaving it slightly taller in the back than I am in the front because it doesn't get any light back there. And if I prune it too far down it's going to die back at the back. So I'll just keep going in both directions until I have gotten this to an even and smooth hedge. I'm Donna Emery from Glover Nursery. Thanks for watching.

 

About the Author

Donna Emery has been a certified horticulturist for 20 years, has a two year degree in landscape design, and is a Utah-certified nursery professional.