It’s getting to be that time of year again where the “Trimming Gladiators” start eyeing-up plants of every type, and imagine all the interesting shapes they can force them into. Armed with powerful gas and electric shears, no plant has a chance to retain its natural shape.
Above is a picture of a Montgomery Blue Spruce. At least that’s what I think it was. It would appear the maintenance company has chosen the shape of a meatball for this plant. Maybe they were hungry the first time they sheared it.
Pruning is a skill that combines multiple considerations including plant type, time of year, time of flowering, health & condition of plant, etc., etc. Even if someone is dedicated to educating themselves on all the specifics, it still requires years of experience. It is the experience of pruning and seeing the results over time that really develops the intuitive skill.
I tip my hat to all those out there who take the time to look up the proper way to prune the different plant types. You are already light years ahead of the the majority.
Montgomery Blue Spruce should be selectively pruned with a hand pruner. This is where individual cuts are made at particular points on branches. Each cut is for a reason and so not all branches are pruned. In fact, often it’s hard to tell that a plant has been selectively pruned because the results look so natural.
As you can see in the picture below, Montgomery Blue Spruce is a beautiful plant when selectively pruned. Granted this method of pruning is more time consuming and therefore, more costly to have done, but its healthier for the plant and certainly looks better. Besides, I’d never try to make a meatball look like a plant, so why make a plant….