Monday, October 17, 2011

Boxwood Trimming Tips

Many people have boxwoods in their landscaping, but you may not realize how easy they are to trim yourself.

Earlier this summer, I trimmed our boxwoods. You can see the "before" picture below - look at the boxwood on the right.


To start, lay down an old sheet under the boxwood to catch all the trimmings. This protects the other landscaping plants too.


You'll want to hold the trimming shears straight down in a vertical line to trim the sides.


As you get closer to the top of the plant, you'll flip the shears in the other direction.


Use your hand to kind of "fluff" the branches to let the cut pieces fall loose to the sheet on the ground.


When you are finished, clean up is easy. Just roll up the sheet and then discard of the debris in your trash.

And then you are all finished! In our "after" picture you can see the how the trimmed boxwood on the right compares to the one on the left that wasn't finished yet.

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