Sunday, April 22, 2012
It was a diy weekend for sure,
details in yard!
Do you love those pricey spiral shaped evergreen topiaries? If so, you're in luck!
I shaped a couple of my own a few years ago,
but our gardener hadn't kept them trimmed
in my dreams so I decided to do it myself
and show you how easy it is to create one.
It works well with smaller potted evergreens, as well.
Search google images for a style you like.
It's best to start with a young tree, you can find them inexpensively at Home Depot.
Coil twine around the tree, this will be your cutting pattern.
Before cutting any branch I double check how it will look by simply pulling
it away from the tree to be sure I'm happy with the appearance once it's GONE!
Make a deep cut to the center of the tree and follow the line created by the twine.
(I use electric hedge clippers, but you may want to try something manual to begin with)
In the open area trim any small branches or debris from the trunk,
you want it nice and clean for definition.
Keep following your pattern, standing back and taking a look,
tweaking where necessary.
After you have the basic shape you like go back and round the edges with the clippers.
I doubt you'll see Plan B on any google image search,
but I'm happy it's trimmed and the diy (details in yard) are shaping up! :)