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Cutting trees into shape - 4 tips for small works of art

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Boxwood, cypress, yew - all trees that you can cut into shape. Our tips tell you what you need to do it.

Let your creativity take over your mind and body

When cutting trees, a general distinction is made between whether it is a small work of art, i.e. a figure is cut (therefore also called figure cutting), or whether you cut back to get the respective trees back into shape. For example, if you create small works of art using garden shears or secateurs, they can become a real eye catcher in your garden. This type of "tree beautification" has been practiced on almost all continents of the world for many centuries and is often displayed above all in botanical gardens.

If you just want to try it out, here are some tips for what you need.

Tips for small works of art in the garden

➤ Tip 1 - Tool selection:

Depending on the figure, several tools are required for a topiary cut, including conventional hedge trimmers, secateurs and secateurs. If you have large trees, you will also need pruning shears or a tree saw. Measuring rods, a spirit level and, if necessary, a plumb bob are also essential.

The use of templates is also very helpful for topiary cutting, so that, for example, spherical cuts, etc. can be easily made.

➤ Tip 2 - Set up the scaffold:

Would you e.g. Cut tall trees, you should also set up a scaffold around the respective tree top. A scaffold enables a topiary to be cut far better than just a ladder leaning against the tree, because you can take a little more distance from the wood for the pruning.

➤ Tip 3 - plant selection:

The boxwood is ideal for a shape or figure cut. A little more experienced cutters can also dare to use yew, thujen and cypress, or privet and juniper. For the small bed cut, you can easily get a lavender bush or rosemary bush into shape.

➤ Tip 4 - Use wire mesh to help:

If you do not achieve great success with a direct figure cut, you can also use a wire mesh to help you overgrow with ivy tendrils. However, you must then regularly weave the ivy tendrils into the braid and consistently cut off any excess shoots. Alternatively, boxwood and moss are also suitable for greening such figures.

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