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Question DetailsAsked on 4/21/2016

How do you trim shrubs into shapes?

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Use hedgeclippers

Answered 3 years ago by JT


Google for horticulture articles on TOPIARY.

Basically, you first need bushes that fill in with leaves or needles when you trim them - some just look sparse and do not fill back in well. Then, generally, for a good looking result you have to start shaping it while a young plant to get dense growth and lots of small twigs as opposed to large branches - and takes years to shape a plant well, especially if going for an animal shape or such as opposed to just simple lollipop or ball or pear or teardrop shapes or such.

And I can tell you from experience - you want an electric hedge trimmer, not hand clippers, because to keep it dense and heading toward the shape you want you have to be trimming it every week or two during the growing season.

Commercially, done by an expert topiary arborist (also sometimes called a topiary artist), can run several hundred $ per month for just a few bushes - on up to as much as $1000 or more per month for an estate with many shaped bushes.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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