When To Prune Portuguese Laurel? - Read Here

Written By James
Updated May 1, 2022 by James

When To Prune Portuguese Laurel? - Read Here

When should I prune my Portuguese laurel?

The best time to prune Portuguese laurel is between April and June. When the leaves are green, new growth comes out of the buds.

If you wait until later in the year, the trees may be too old to prune.

Regular pruning will help keep your tree healthy and strong. You can also use a hedge trimmer or lawnmower to cut back branches that have gotten too long.

You can also remove deadwood from your tree by using a saw.

Prune at least once every three years. If you don't prune, your tree could get sick and die.

How do I prune my Portuguese laurel?

Use sharp pruners to make cuts on your tree.

Pruning is the act of removing unwanted parts or branches from a plant. It can be with the help of a machine.

If you are going to prune, make sure you have the right tools. A good pair of pruners should include a saw blade, a knife, and a cutting board.

  1. Start with the stem with green leaves.
  2. Cut down to about 2 inches above the branch.
  3. Cut off any leaves that fall off.
  4. Remove all the small shoots that grow out of the trunk.
  5. Trim away any damaged areas.
  6. Make sure you clean up any debris after pruning.

Portugal laurel - planting, pruning and advice 

Taking care of your common laurel / Laurel Prunus Lusitanica

Pruning is an essential part of taking care of your shrub. It helps maintain its shape and keeps it looking good.

It's essential to know how to prune your plant so that you don't damage it. The Laurel hedge has many different types of pruning styles.

There are two main types: cutting and coppicing.

Cutting is where you take off the whole leaf or branch, while coppicing is where you leave some of the bark intact.

For coppicing laurel shrub with white flowers, you need to cut the stems below the first set of leaves.

This way, you won't lose any of the flower buds.

Provide an excellent reasonable garden soil

Having good soil is very important for growing plants. Well-drained soil is essential for your laurels.

Soil is the foundation of any plant's growth. It provides nutrients, water retention, air circulation, and protection against pests.

If you want healthy plants, you must have healthy soil.

Don't let your laurel become dry. Water it well during the summer months.

Cuttings in summer

 You'll want to cut the stems during blooms in summer, right before they start flowering.

If you cut them early, the flowers might not bloom. And if you cut them late, the flowers might drop.

But, in late Summer, the evergreen hedge will look better without flowers.

So, you can wait until then to cut the stems.

You can also wait until the following Spring to cut the stems. But this is only for deciduous hedges.

Cutting the evergreen shrubs during Winter

In Winter, you can cut the stems right before the buds form.

The term is "Winter coppicing".

And you can also wait until Spring to cut the stems.

Evergreens are hardy plants that can survive harsh winters. They also have long life cycles, so they often live for decades or even centuries.

But, cutting them back in the fall is beneficial because it allows new growth to develop next Spring.

It also helps prevent diseases such as Dutch elm disease.

What is a cherry laurel plant?

The cherry laurel is a shrub that grows in Europe and North America.

It gets its name from the fruit-like red berries that appear on the shrub in Autumn.

These fruits are edible and contain lots of Vitamin C.

They're also used to make jam and jelly. Some people call these shrubs' cherry trees'.

Other names include Spanish bayonet, European bayonet, and Italian bayonet.

Why do we prune our cherry laurels?

  • We prune our cherry laurel shrubs to keep them healthy and attractive.
  • We remove dead wood and branches that could cause problems.
  • We thin the shrubs to allow more light into their canopy.
  • We trim the shrubs to get rid of overgrown branches.

How much should I prune my cherry laurel?

Prune your cherry laurel at least once every year.

If your shrub is young, prune it when it's dormant. It means that it doesn't have any new growth yet.

If your shrub is older than five years old, prune it when there's no new growth.

If you prune too soon, you may injure the plant.

You can also risk losing the entire plant by pruning too late.

So, be sure to check out all the signs of Spring before you prune.

Last words

Pruning laurel shrubs is easy. You need to know what kind of shrubs you have and how to prune them.

There are many different types of laurel shrubs. So, take time to learn about each one.

Pruning is an art. You need to know what kind of shrub you have, how big it is, and how old it is.

Then, it would be best if you decided whether you want to prune it now or wait until later. 

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My father, and his father before him, and his father; for the past 3 generations, my family have always been into gardening. The green fingers is a gift passed down to me and I thoroughly enjoy it! I also have worked in the manufacturing department for Bosch and DeWalt so I like to think I know a thing or two about tools and such!
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