Sep 21, Prune the northern bayberry in spring and fall to maintain its shape and size. Cut back any stray branches using the tool that is appropriate to the size of the branch to be cut.
Place the pruned plant material in your compost bin. Pruning, however, can be very important to the overall look of the plant. Only prune in early spring before the plant leafs out. Crossing, badly formed or damaged branches should be removed back to a main branch.
By fertilizing young shrubs you can increase both the size and the amount of flowers on the plant. Granular, liquid or stake type fertilizers can be used. 11 rowsSep 17, You do not need to prune bayberry shrubs often (if at all) since they are slow-growing. In Botanical Name: Myrica pensylvanica. Prune the northern bayberry in spring and fall to maintain its shape and size.
Bayberry bushes are intolerant of other vegetation around them, so any plants that could be squeezed out by the vigorous, spreading bayberry should be moved or kept separate. The free form of the northern bayberry is a wonderful element in your landscape design. Feb 06, If your shrub is really overgrown, I would recommend the three year program.
Cut back 1/3 of the old stems to the ground each year until all that is left is the new young growth that emerges from the base. Pruning in this fashion is much less of a shock to the shrub than doing all the pruning. Northern Bayberry shrubs do expand by suckering, so cutting out the older stems from time to time will permit newer canes, just like your lilacs. Nice looking, by the way!!