Ask a Question forum: Flowering Almond

Views: 229, Replies: 4 » Jump to the end
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
Image
AnnaZ
Jul 15, 2014 9:57 PM CST
My flowering almond bush has gotten out of control.............and I pruned it pretty severely last summer after blooming. What I am wondering is can I get the Spousal Unit to "chainsaw" prune it, like, to about 12 or 18 inches or will it kill it? It has suckers coming up all around it, and it does have some dead wood in the middle that needs to come out anyway. It's flopped over the sidewalk...........I feel like I should say "excuse me" when I have to move the branches to walk past it. LOL
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
dyzzypyxxy
Jul 16, 2014 8:25 AM CST
How 'bout a picture, Anna?
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
Image
AnnaZ
Jul 16, 2014 10:39 AM CST
It's a little bigger than that this year; this photo is from 2013.


Thumb of 2014-07-16/AnnaZ/aae59e

Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
dyzzypyxxy
Jul 16, 2014 12:51 PM CST
What a pretty thing! I'd be inclined to take big loppers and just cut off right at ground level any of the branches/trunks that are near, or heading out towards the walkway. That would include cutting off all the new suckers that are on the sides near the walkway. This way, instead of encouraging a bushy congested form for next year, (which you'll have if you chainsaw it) you're encouraging it to put up new growth on the side away from where you walk. Eventually, the whole bush will be a little further away from the sidewalk if you keep doing this. The stems that do bend out towards the sidewalk could be restrained with 3 stakes and a string so they stand up straight enough for you to pass. You could also prune out the oldest stems after it loses its leaves in the fall, to keep it thinned out.

The rule of thumb that I live by is to never cut away more than 1/3 of the green growth at any one pruning. The plant will surely be set back if you whack it down to 18in. in the middle of summer.

Every time I've set my spousal unit loose with a power tool in the garden, he just can't stop and the whole plants disappear . . . Rolling my eyes. He never steps back for a look when he's part way through. Now, I do the chainsawing myself, and he just sets me a 'rule' that he shall be able to walk around the house without any plants touching him. I'll tellya, in Florida that's a constant challenge.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
Image
AnnaZ
Jul 16, 2014 3:52 PM CST
Thanks. I will do that and see how it comes out next year. Have no loppers big enough to tackle that, so I suppose I will commandeer DS#1's hacksaw. I've used that to cut my humongous brugs back in the fall. LOL I almost have firewood from those. Green Grin!

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by nativeplantlover and is called "Bumble Veronica Pink"