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King Garden Designs, Inc. can be reached at 914-907-0246 and Connect@KingGardenDesigns.com

King Garden Designs, Inc. is a boutique landscape design practice located in New York. Charles King Sadler, King Garden Designs founder, enjoys creating and enhancing the beauty and vitality of landscapes through thoughtful design, professional implementation and ongoing care.

Member American Society of Landscape Architects & ISA Certified Arborist TRAQ

Exclusive Garden Design, Full Landscape Design Services: master planning, expert installation/planting, expert street tree - design - installation - care, expert boxwood pruning, cloud pruning, hedge trimming, topiary, espalier, orchards, fine gardening and expert design consultations. Landscaping services, Landscaping Consultations, ISA Certified Arborist Assessment, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification, Expert Boxwood Pruning, Fruit Tree and Orchard Pruning and Care, Landscaping Consultations, Landscaping Property Over Site, Landscape Design, Property Care, Landscape Maintenance. Native plants and drought tolerant plants.

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Boxwood Prune

King Garden Designs,Inc. | 914-907-0246 Connect@KingGardenDesigns.com

King Garden Designs, Inc. is a boutique landscape design company located in New York. Charles King Sadler, King Garden Designs founder, enjoys creating and enhancing the beauty and vitality of landscapes through thoughtful design, professional implementation and ongoing care.

Member American Society of Landscape Architects, Member American Boxwood Society, Member European Boxwood and Topiary Society and ISA Certified Arborist TRAQ

How To Prune Boxwood: Charles King Sadler of King Garden Designs offers professional expert boxwood pruning and property care in the greater Hudson valley region. Garden Design Westchester County, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

King Garden Designs ISA Certified Arborists know when and how to prune your valuable boxwood shrubs, cloud pruning, hedges and topiary for optimal beauty and plant health. We also assist in residential property oversight; guiding and directing landscape services.

We can restore neglected boxwood miraculously with renovation pruning, fertilization, care and attention.

Thin Boxwood for Improved Plant Health

Source: United States National Arboretum
Thinning Boxwood For Sustained Health and Beauty

Proper pruning brings out a plants intrinsic beauty, fostering plant health while reducing risk of storm damage. We supply all your pruning needs.

Design and horticultural consultations
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Landscaping Services, Landscaping Consultations, Landscaping Property Over Site, Landscape Design, Property Care, Landscape Maintenance.

Landscape and Garden Design for Westchester County, NY; Putnam County, NY, Dutchess County, NY; Fairfield County, CT; Bergen County, NJ,

Best Landscaping Based In Westchester county, Bergen county, NJ; Fairfield county, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Dutchess county, Putnam county, Litchfield county, New Haven county, Berkshire county, Hampden county, Hampshire county, Franklin county and beyond including:

Amagansett, Ardsley, Ardsley Park, Armonk, Atlanta, Barney Park, Bar Harbor, Bedford, Bedminster Township, Bellaire TX, Block Island, Briarcliff Manor, Bridgehampton, Bronxville, Charleston, Chappaqua, Cold Spring, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Croton Falls, Croton-on-Hudson, East Hampton, East Northport, East Quogue, Fairfield, Fishers Island, Garrison, Glen Cove, Great Barrington, Galleria TX, Greatneck, Greenburgh, Greenwich, Harrison, Heights TX, Hudson, Huntington, Irvington, Katonah, Kent, Larchmont, Locust Valley, Litchfield, Matthiessen Park, Martha's Vineyard Island, Mamaroneck, Montauk, Millbrook, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, Mount Kisco, Nantucket Island, Nanuet, New Canaan, New Paltz, North Salem, North White Plains, Northport, Norwalk, Nyack, Oakland, Old Greenwich, Oyster Bay, Piermont, Pittsford, Philipse Manor, Pleasantville, Port Washington, Pound Ridge, Purchase, Purdys, River Oaks TX, Quiogue, Ouogue, Ramsey, Red Hook, Redding, Rhinebeck, Ridgefield, Ridgewood, Riverhead, Rowayton, Rye, Rye Brook, Sag Harbor, Savannah, Scarsdale, Sharon, Shelter Island, Shinnecock Hills, Smithtown, Somers, South Salem, Southampton, Water Mill, West Harrison, West University TX, Westhampton, Westhampton Beach, White Plains, Wilton, Wyckoff, Yorktown Heights

BOXWOOD Experts

 
 

>Watch Garden Expert Interview

boxwood Care And pruning

King Garden Designs' ISA Certified Arborists know when and how to care for, prune and thin your valuable boxwood shrubs be it a city or country residence; including topiary, hedges and cloud pruned boxwood for optimal beauty and plant health. We also assist in property oversight; guiding and directing landscape services. We draw on our network of experts. Our unique hands-on approach and attention to detail create incredible results. We utilize our hand-picked suppliers sourcing specialty, rare and large specimens for your garden.

This Short is the first episode in our 'In The Landscape' webseries. We visit a property in the North East in need of renovation pruning of boxwood. The original landscape design is a masterpiece, but the care of the design needs attention. Charles King Sadler of King Garden Designs is on hand to help.

We can restore neglected boxwood miraculously with renovation pruning, fertilization, care and attention. We also have experience caring for potted boxwood; pruning, fertilizing, winterizing and re-potting as needed.

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We begin with a pruning consultation, to discuss your goals, timing and budget. We carefully listen to your wishes and concerns, we follow up with a garden care pruning proposal.

For mature gardens and estates we create a successful garden care program; this can include: regular garden visits to ensure plant health, periodic pruning and fertilization.

We enjoy guiding the ongoing personalized after care of your gardens and estate so that as they mature and change, their original design intent is preserved.


Pruning Consultation and Assessment: Beginning at $250

Plus travel expenses beyond our 20 mile radius
  (Suggested 1 Hour Meeting)
Our ISA Certified Arborists provide a property plant health and safety assessment.

 
  Boxwood Cloud Pruning

Boxwood Cloud Pruning

King Garden Designs are experts at successfully guiding the pruning and care of your shrubs so that they continue to thrive. We utilize the ANSI A300 (Part 1) Pruning Standards for our pruning and trimming operations.

A300 Pruning standards recognize, but are not limited to, the following pruning objectives:

  • Manage risk
  • Manage health

Develop structure, such as to: Improve branch and trunk architecture promote or subordinate certain leaders, stems, or branches; Promote desirable branch spacing; promote or discourage growth in a particular direction (directional pruning); minimize future interferences, lines of sight, or infrastructure, or other plants; restore plants following damage; and/or, rejuvenate shrubs.

  • Manage size or shape
  • Improve aesthetics
  • Manage wildlife habitat

Boxwood Health Educational Resource:

http://www.buxuscare.com/en/pests-and-diseases


Thin Boxwood For Improved Plant Health

Source: United States National Arboretum http://www.usna.usda.gov/

English boxwood, Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa', is a popular evergreen shrub.  It is easily grown in many parts of the country and its needs are not difficult to meet.  It has only one major annual need for maintenance–thinning.  English boxwood has a very dense growth habit, and it lends itself beautifully for use in hedges, parterres, and accent plantings.  The thick foliage of English boxwood is, however, a major factor in disease development that can kill branches.  Fungal diseases such as Volutella canker are favored by the damp, airless conditions inside the canopy of dense foliage.  Infected branches first turn olive green and may gradually turn orange and then straw-colored before they die. Annual thinning brings light and air into the interior of the plant and encourages the growth of new foliage within the canopy that can take over for branches damaged by ice or snow.  The best time to thin boxwood is early winter, and the branches that are removed make great holiday decorations. Follow these instructions to learn how you can thin your boxwood to keep it healthy.

 Dense boxwood foliage before thinning

Dense boxwood foliage before thinning

 

Boxwood keeps its foliage for three years.  This year's growth almost completely covers the leaves that grew in the previous two seasons.   It is clearly in need of thinning.

 Dense branching: poor air circulation, little interior foliage

Dense branching: poor air circulation, little interior foliage

 

If you carefully bend the branches back, you can see that the foliage is growing only on the outermost reaches of the branches.  This severely reduces air circulation and favors the development of diseases.

 Dense branching removed during thinning process

Dense branching removed during thinning process

 

To thin boxwood, use a bypass pruner that is sharp.  Reach inside the shrub about six inches and prune off the stem.  Continue thinning until the small interior twigs just start to become visible.  You should remove about ten percent of the outer branches.

 Top branch properly cut with bypass pruners, bottom branch improperly torn

Top branch properly cut with bypass pruners, bottom branch improperly torn

 

Some gardeners are familiar with the technique known as 'plucking', which is a type of thinning done by breaking off branches rather than pruning them off with a pruning shear. The branch on the bottom has been plucked and has created an irregular wound on the shrub that might heal poorly.  By contrast, the top branch has been pruned off, leaving a small, clean cut that will heal well.

After proper thinning, small voids appear in the canopy that permit air and sunlight to enter the interior portions of the shrub.  Older leaves are now visible. They were covered by new growth before thinning occurred.

 Boxwood foliage after thinning - see voids for air circulation, light and growth

Boxwood foliage after thinning - see voids for air circulation, light and growth

After two or three years of annual thinning, new growth will start to appear in the interior portions of the shrub. This results in a healthy plant with strong stems and greatly decreases the incidence of disease problems.

 Result of thinning - interior new growth after several seasons

Result of thinning - interior new growth after several seasons

 

When thinning is complete, the size and shape of the boxwood is unchanged.  You may be surprised by the volume of branches removed in the thinning process.  The pile of clippings in the foreground is from just ten minutes of thinning.

 After thinning; voids allow for air circulation, light and new growth Source: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/faqs/BoxwoodThinning.html

After thinning; voids allow for air circulation, light and new growth
Source: http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/faqs/BoxwoodThinning.html

 


 
 Supervised Precision Pruning

Supervised Precision Pruning

 Guides Lines For Precise Pruning
 


 
  Potted Boxwood Topiary

Potted Boxwood Topiary

 
  City Garden Topiary

City Garden Topiary