Comments on: How To Prune Low, Spreading Junipers http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-low-spreading-junipers/ Grow your landscape business and reputation with great work Mon, 18 May 2015 02:49:46 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 By: Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-low-spreading-junipers/comment-page-1/#comment-292291 Sat, 14 Mar 2015 16:31:33 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=2202#comment-292291 Colleen,
Junipers are conifers and will not likely re-bud from older wood. Any cuts you make where you hope to encourage new growth should be made at points where there is foliage and/or actively growing stems.

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By: colleen http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-low-spreading-junipers/comment-page-1/#comment-292262 Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:49:16 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=2202#comment-292262 We just purchased a home that was vacant for 3 years There is beautiful juniper groundcover around the perimeter of an inground pool that is VERY overgrown I love the look but it definitely needs to be cut back a lot When I selectively prune, I end up with alot of brown branches. Is it possible that these branches could bloom in the spring or is it more likely that these plants are too far gone. They look awful right now but I would hate to pull them all put of there is hope. Thoughts?

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By: Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-low-spreading-junipers/comment-page-1/#comment-289105 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:17:37 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=2202#comment-289105 Don,
Parsoni Juniper is listed as a “clay-tolerant” plant. Juniper ‘Gold Star’ and Juniper ‘Old Gold’ are 2 others you might consider.

These junipers will spread and cover the slope, but their root system is more fibrous and shallow – and that’s fine for general cover on not too steep, stable slopes. But if your slope is fairly steep and unstable, you might consider integrating with the juniper some more deeply rooted plants. For example: Spreading Yew (Taxus densiformis), Viburnum (many varieties to choose from), even forsythia. You could even incorporate some (clay tolerant) flowering trees, such as: Crabapple (many varieties to choose from) and Japanese Stewartia.

Intersperse these more deeply rooted plants among the junipers so their roots penetrate deeper and ensure the slope is better stabilized throughout.

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By: Don Grove http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-low-spreading-junipers/comment-page-1/#comment-281035 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 16:34:55 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=2202#comment-281035 Hi Roger
We have steep slope of red clay in East Tennessee. This is fresh dirt from excavation for the foundation of our house. We want to hold the bank together. Does the Parsoni Juniper develop a deep and strong root system? Could we plant them about 3′ apart to get coverage as soon as possible and then just prune to keep them in line as they spread? Do we need to amend the red clay for these Parsoni or similar Juniper ground cover to thrive? Thanks for your help. Regards, Don and Barbara

Will send a picture to roger@landscapeadvisor.com

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By: Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-low-spreading-junipers/comment-page-1/#comment-213069 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:28:47 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=2202#comment-213069 Donna,
It’s hard to give an accurate recommendation on this w/o seeing them. But junipers like this can live on forever regardless of what people do to them.

I have seen older shrubs elevated where the lower, half-dead branching is removed. And it can “sometimes” create an interesting look. Removing the lower branching could help direct energy into the upper plant that was pruned back – this could actually help the upper plant recover.

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By: Donna http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-low-spreading-junipers/comment-page-1/#comment-212933 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:59:10 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=2202#comment-212933 I think I have 4 of the San Jose variety in my yard. They are around 40 years old, about thigh high and had branches that looked like tentacles spreading out. Someone who was helping with yard work cut the tentacles off. Now I see lots of brown underneath. I think it may be only the tips that are green. I am in California and we are having a drought this year so they also haven’t been watered much. Our mobile home park manager is telling me I need to trim all the underneath brown off so they will sit above the ground and look better. I am afraid this will kill them if the previous cut didn’t begin the job. Do you think my plants are goners or is there still hope?

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By: Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-low-spreading-junipers/comment-page-1/#comment-143909 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 03:31:51 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=2202#comment-143909 Patrick,
It could possibly be winter damage, but could also be insect or disease damage. Do you remember the juniper looking this way in the fall?

The only way to be sure, and the way that I would approach this, would be to send a sample to your Minnesota Agricultural Extension Service.

I use the one here in NJ all the time to get accurate diagnoses. Otherwise you don’t know for sure what the condition is and how to treat it (if treatment is an option).

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By: Patrick http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-low-spreading-junipers/comment-page-1/#comment-141547 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:03:49 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=2202#comment-141547 Roger, help… my horizontal junipers are all brown from tip to about 12 inches into the plant. I have noticed neighbors also have this problem but not all junipers.. We had a very hard winter this year in Minnesota. Could this be “winter burn”? and what should I do about the brown sections. Thanks

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By: Roger http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-low-spreading-junipers/comment-page-1/#comment-127882 Sun, 09 Mar 2014 01:49:46 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=2202#comment-127882 Carol Ann,
The juniper pictured at the top of the article is Juniperus davurica ‘Parsoni’. I use this particular variety a lot.

Make sure to give it room to grow — It can get 6 to 8′ wide. The mature height is around 24″.

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By: Carol Ann Travis http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/how-to-prune-low-spreading-junipers/comment-page-1/#comment-127683 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:07:23 +0000 http://www.landscapeadvisor.com/?p=2202#comment-127683 what is the name of the juniper whose picture headlines this article?

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