During the warmer months, the bushes in my front yard have vigorous leaf growth, requiring more trimming to maintain their tidiness. After finishing the first trimming of the warmer seasons, you’ll likely have your desired result – excess branches or branch growth are cut down to the shape you envision, creating the “bones” of your bush and leaves are cut close to “flesh it out.” But when does the bush need a trim?
The bush will tell you by producing new leaves, which are often lighter in color and may also have stems which are a different color (compared to the mature leaves and stems).
I just finished giving some of my bushes a trim, but here are the before photos to show the contrasting colors of the new leaf and stem growth, in addition to just being more straggly, evidenced especially in the first photo.
It’s a personal choice as to how often bushes are trimmed. Some folks like them to be neat all the time so a weekly trimming is a must for that scenario. I try to not go longer than two weeks. I do like looking at the new leaf growth because I think it’s a lovely contrast to the mature leaves. During the cooler months, leaf growth slows and I must say I am grateful that my bushes and I take the opportunity to enjoy a holiday!