February 22, 2020

Pruning the Holly

Wintertime pruning chores continue at my Bedford, New York farm.

Pruning is about more than just looks; proper pruning improves the health of the plants, prevents disease, and encourages better flowering. There are different pruning strategies for different times of the year, but overall the goals are the same - to control the shape, to keep the bushes fresh and open, and to allow for better air circulation through the center of the plants. This week, Chhewang, from my outdoor grounds crew, pruned the holly bushes located behind my Summer House. With their lush, evergreen foliage and bright berries among most varieties, holly bushes make attractive additions in the landscape but need annual trimming to keep them looking their best. 

Here are some photos and tips, enjoy.