How do you trim a bay tree?
May 14, Prune back the tips of long branches to control the height and shape of the mountain laurel bush.
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Wait until the end of the blooming period, usually in June, to trim the branches. Make an angled cut just above a leaf set or node on the branch.
Remove no more than one-third of the total branch length each year. Mar 01, Cut back mountain laurels to an overall height of 6 inches to 1 foot when they become leggy -- lose foliage in the bottom third of the plant -- or no longer flower well in the late winter to early spring.
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Also, when should I prune my skip laurel? Prune in Spring, before the plant flowers; see"Quirks or Special Cases" below.