Re: Holly bushes with red berries

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Posted by Newt on July 01, 2003 at 16:51:49:

In Reply to: Holly bushes with red berries posted by Manic Mona on June 30, 2003 at 15:41:54:

: I caught kids jumping in my holly bushes. Now some branches are bent and they look terrible. Can I prune them. If so how? Do I trim off all bent branches? Do I start at the bottom( near the trunk) and work my way up or start at the tips and work my way to the trunk. If I sound confused, then I am. Please help this thumbless homeowner.

Hi Mona,
Gosh, I hope you talked to the parents so the kids will understand what they have done! My heart goes out to you.

Generally, evergreen hollies aren't pruned. If the branches are only bent and not broken, I wouldn't prune them. You could use old pantyhose to tie them to either stakes or stronger branches or the trunk. Here's a couple of sites that might be helpful.

http://www.gilmour.com/images/pruning.pdf
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/HO-4.pdf

Best of luck,
Newt

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