Topiaries are green, living sculptures and have graced manicured gardens for hundreds of years. If the evergreens in your garden look overgrown and wild, then cutting them into creature or geometric shapes can transform the garden into a tidy, manicured landscape that’s full of originality. Pruning unsightly or unruly evergreens into topiaries takes preparation, and then they require pruning often to keep them shapely. Watering and fertilizing the evergreens regularly also helps to keep them healthy so yellowish patches and dead branches do not ruin their physical appearance.
Cut all branches of every overgrown evergreen back to the plant base in early spring till only 6 to 12 inches of every branch rises from the bottom. This renewal pruning inspires rapid new growth in summer to replace the outdated growth and lets you train the evergreens in the time they’re small.
Erect wire frames at the shapes of the topiaries that you want to create to your evergreens. Put each wire frame above its respective, cut-down shrub.
Trim an evergreen’s stems and branches once they grow through the wire frame. Doing so keeps every single plant the exact shape of its frame.
Shear each evergreen three to five occasions throughout the growing season every year to keep its shape.