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Old 03-19-2013, 12:39 PM
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Smallaxe is correct. You can easily prune these, but please DO NOT use shears!!!! Make all cuts using loppers or hand pruners. Make "crotch" prunings, hiding your cuts below the foliage. It will take a little longer, but the results will be be healthier for the plant, while also maintaining their natural look. Ideally they should have been planted on the outter columns for less obstruction for pedestrian traffic. But, you have to deal with what you have. I personally would put it back on the owner or manager of the facility to make the final decision. Explain the situation and make a recommendation of removal vs pruning. It would be an easy "upsale" for you if you could provide alternative plantings for that area and present it as an alternative to pruning. Just MHO.
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