Saturday, February 28, 2015

Preparing for THE PLAYERS: Rejuvenation Pruning

As THE 2015 PLAYERS approaches, the landscape team is rejuvenation pruning, or hard pruning, certain plants to get them to flush out in time for THE PLAYERS. Among these plants are Crape Myrtles, Crown Grass, and Knock Out Roses.

We use a pruning technique called pollarding when we prune Crape Myrtles. This is done by pruning each branch back to the same spot every year. This creates large growths at the end of the branches called knuckles that store energy for new branches to grow.

We trim our Crown Grass into consistent dome shapes with space between them. This gives them the room to reflush with new growth and keeps them from overcrowding the beds. We use the leftover trimmings for mulch as a cultural weed control practice.

We aggressively trim our roses to keep them at the height we desire. The leaves of the roses are mostly removed after pruning to promote new, healthy growth. This is the most difficult plant to get to flush out and flower on time for THE PLAYERS because it is very weather dependent.

Crape Myrtles

Crown Grass

Knock Out Roses