Friday, January 24, 2014
Manicuring the Yucca
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One reason we have likely stuck here in California as long as we have is the wonderful weather! Yesterday it was so lovely out the kiddos and I spent some much needed time out-of-doors. For me, outdoors usually means tinkering around in the garden. Today's post will feature how I sculpt my yuccas.
The soil in my garden is very hard, filled with stone, and it was near impossible for us to get anything to grow there. Enter the yucca. These plants are incredibly hardy, maintain and grow easily, and are aesthetically appealing. When it is cold out, these plants still continue their growth but I noticed mine had become perhaps a little overgrown over the winter. Here is a shot of the before.
I began by removing a few of the excess smaller limbs. Next, I removed foliage from the limbs using a quick downward jerking motion. Be sure to wear gloves!! Not only are these spiny and pointy on top, the leaves themselves are incredibly sharp! Begin at the bottom, and work your way up the limb.
I like to remove the foliage in varying heights.
After I finish the removal of all the leaves I desire, I like to trim the leaves. I truly love the appearance of a bluntly-cut yucca. I use standard craft scissors, they are small and easier to work with (at least for me) than shears for this type of landscaping.
I used my trusty ladder to get those pesky ones on top (geez, I'm shrimpy, yuccas aren't that tall! Lol)
A little bit of cleanup later, and here are the results. The whole process was about an hour (it would go faster if I weren't an arachnophobe carefully looking before each trim, hee) and I finished just before dusk.
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