August 23, 2016

Pruning the Hornbeams at the Farm

It's pruning time for all the hornbeams at my farm.

Last week, the outdoor grounds crew began trimming the long hornbeam hedge that runs in front of my Summer House, and along the road behind my Winter House. This week, they are tackling the hornbeam hedge that runs along the same road in front of my main greenhouse as well as other stand alone hornbeam specimens. Botanically known as Carpinus, the hornbeam is deciduous and fast growing - in fact, it can grow about four to five feet per year. I keep a close eye on all the hornbeams - it’s crucial that they be pruned regularly, so they never look too overgrown and unruly.

It is quite a task, but the end result is well worth the effort - take a look at our process.