do you think this is healthy

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by zim bob the landscaper, May 14, 2006.

  1. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    here is a pic of a azalea bush and wondering how do you think it looks i think it looks good. also i dont know how to prune it. thanks
  2. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    sorry forgot to post the pic.

  3. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    To prune all you havta do is take some hedge trimmers to it and shape it, very hardy bush, looks very healthy in the picture, you can tell because it is in full bloom and looks very full. Just take the hedge trimmers to it shape it, I would wait til the flowers fall off though.

  4. syzer

    syzer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That would be shearing it. I would not do that, an azalea does not look right pruned into a ball. I would take a pair of shears and selectively cut some branches to cut it back, but maintain its natural appearance. It is a healthy bush though.
  5. jmurphy

    jmurphy LawnSite Senior Member
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    I second that. Just selective pruning.
  6. phototropic1

    phototropic1 LawnSite Member
    from MS
    Messages: 118

    Well, after Jmurphy, I would THIRD that! Selective pruning only. Like said above, this means using a pair of hand clippers and pruning one branch at a time. But don't cut at indiscriminate points along branches. Always cut azalea branches back to a joint. Azaleas have a distinctive branching pattern in that they will send out 3 or more branches at one point, all growing relatively the same rate until one branch eventually assumes dominance and elongates past the others. Then at some point, that branch will in turn send out three or more branches at it's tip. And so on. If you prune the longer portions of the bush back into the canopy of the bush and at all times to a joint, the bush will not look like it was pruned, yet will be magically smaller. And you won't create maintenance nightmares that can ensue after shearing.
  7. exmark01

    exmark01 LawnSite Member
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    my piont exactly!
  8. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
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    Yeah shearing it would be what lawn monkeys do. Hand prune the long stalks after it after it finishes blooming.

    Excellent advice phototropic1.
  9. bumper

    bumper LawnSite Member
    from So. Cal
    Messages: 187

    Two rules to always follow...prune crossing branches, prune the dead wood....then selectively cut back to a specific node depending upon the direction you desire the new growth...then dead head any spent growth. Shearing though doable is not what a trained horticulturalist would do
  10. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i thought it was healthy i didnt know if it should have bloomed sooner or later. thanks for all the input guys.:waving:

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