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Prune/Lace/Shape/Groom Photos

Japanese Pine pruning/lacing/shaping/grooming San Diego

Photo 1

Japanese black pine immediately after pruning/lacing/shaping/grooming, a couple days after pruning begun. Purpose: to get it ‘on the path’ to a more classical ‘oriental’ style, which can take several years.  In Pt. Loma, autumn 2008.  Also see photos 21-23, which is 1 1/2 years later, and photo 34 which shows the tree 4 years later, in December 2012.  In this photo, #1, about 3/4 of the foliage was taken off, - this is contrary to some 'party line' industry standards, but, this degree of trimming is sustainably very tolerable with some bushes, trees, and other plant types, when done judiciously at appropriate times no more frequent than necessary, which could only be once, or at seasonal/annual intervals for some plants; and is appropriate for some intents, and typically only worthwhile with trees and bushes under fifteen feet, but there are larger exceptions.

Photo 2

Photo 2

Same Japanese black pine immediately before pruning/lacing/shaping/grooming.

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Photo 3


Old tangerine tree, Encore variety, before pruning in photo at left, and after pruning in next photo below, - an extraordinary transformation.  Spring 2013.

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Photo 4

After pruning, later the same day, with mulch put on the surrounding soil.  An extraordinary transformation.  Spring 2013.


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Photo 5

Black Mission Fig before pruning, Normal Heights, January 2009. Pruned each year since 1992.

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Photo 6

Fig tree in Lemon Grove after pruning.   Cut limbs seen on ground.  This was a 'lite' pruning wherein the owner wanted the tallest limbs cut out, and a little bit of thinning of crossing limbs, and a bit of cutting out of low or over-extended lateral limbs.   December 2018.

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Photo 7

Nectarine tree in Vista, November 2016, immediately after pruning.  The owner requested it get a modest pruning even though the leaves hadn't dropped yet,.... and that's fine to do.   I didn't take a 'before' picture, but you can see the trimmings on the ground.  What I did was reduce the size/height about 2 feet, along with some thinning/lacing.

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Photo 8

Arbutus menziesii in Pt. Loma, before pruning at left and after pruning at right, per client's request of reshaping/re-sizing, 2013:

Photo 9

Photo 9

Olive tree in Escondido, October 2018, before pruning in photo above and in the click-on photo to enlarge at left.  Before pruning photo is below:

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Photo 10

 Roses before pruning, Bay Park, 2018.  Roses after pruning in photo below:

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Photo 11

Photo at left before pruning, photo below after pruning, in winter.   This is a low pruning style.  The amount of water this tree is getting is excessive during the growing season.   I recommend less water, especially after fruit ripening, so as to not promote so much growth, which is basically excessive, unless one wants a taller tree.   I could've pruned this substantially higher, but, my guiding idea was/is for the tree/bush to bear fruit without the limbs getting overburdened, and drooping, and yet still getting plenty of production.   I prune for keeping sufficient amounts of flower buds on sturdy limbs and twigs, for a plentiful crop of high quality fruit. It's also good to do pre-ripening-season thinning of new growth to get more light on the fruit for more skin color and sweetness, if desired.   And of course, it's also best to thin the fruit out during the early stage of fruit development, in order to have less fruit, but still plenty of fruit in order to get higher quality fruit, in the sense of a most excellent 'fullsome' flavor with beautiful sweetness, flavor, and texture.  Escondido, 2018.

San Diego fruit tree pruning, apricot

Photo 12

Apricot tree which the owners wanted appropriately substantially reduced.   Done in November, per the owners preference, though that's earlier than usual, but it's okay for the tree.  You can see the appropriate reduction in the photo below.   Long whip lengths were kept to keep more buds through winter, which sparrows may eat before the buds open-flower.   So the idea is to potentially trim the longer whip-lengths during or after flowering time if desired for stronger shorter structural lengths, so as to maximize the amount of buds through winter, and potential flowers-fruits, while still allowing for some bud-eating by the sparrows before flowering.  An informal sensitive considerations pruning.  Kensington neighborhood, 2015.

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Photo 13

Panamint Nectarine about two to three years after planting.  So, as you can see it's growing rather modestly, not excessively, which is good..  Photos showing before pruning at left, and after pruning below.  The purpose of the pruning is to cut the limbs/twigs to firmer/shorter lengths in order to better hold and ripen the fruit, for better fruit quality of more size and 'fullsome' flavorfulness and juiciness.   Santee, 2017.

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Photo 14

At click-on photo at left, Santa Rosa Plum before pruning, and another plum immediately behind it.   About a year after planting.   Yes, pruning is being doing after growth begins,... and that's ok, not ideal, but it also works.   Santee, 2016.  Photo below shows the plum(s) immediately after pruning:


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Photo 15

Orange tree at beginning of getting a 'makeover', some limbs already cut off.  Bonita, 2008.

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Photo 16

 Orange at completion of 'makeover'.  Pruned/laced/shaped/groomed:  cut out the dead and low vitality twigs, limbs, and other branches that weren't well positioned(which were the majority of what was cut out), and painted the sun-exposed bark with white latex paint.   The problem with the tree mainly was that the watering practice wasn't appropriate enough.  It needed more water less frequently:  instead of three 10 minute waterings per week on three separate days, make it one 30 minute watering one day per week.  Also enlarged the basin a foot + in width, and added a layer of mulch.  Bonita, 2008.

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Photo 17

White Sapote in San Diego, 2014, before pruning in the click-on photo at left, and right after pruning in photo below:

San Diego bush pruning Chamaelaucium Geraldton Wax Flower

Photo 18

Showing before and after photos of pruning-grooming Geraldton Wax Flower (Chamaelaucium uncinatum) in San Diego landscape.

Before pruning photo below, after pruning at left, - click on photo to enlarge small photo (note: Coleonema shrub at lower right of left side Chamaelaucium was planted after the pruning was done, the following day).

 Another individual after pruning:

Photo below after some initial front cuts (to keep out of driveway space)(forgot to snap photo before first cuts made), but before completed pruning shown above:


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Photo 19

Young peach tree before pruning at left and after pruning below.   The reason for the cutting back is to keep the branches firmer for holding fruit, so the branches won't sag substantially, and reducing the amount of fruit set in order to improve fruit quality, though thinning will also likely be necessary after fruit set when they reach about 1" in size in order to get better/best quality fruit, leaving at least a fist spacing between fruit when they're at that 1" size in order to allow full development without likely touching when the fruit is mature.   And pruning is of course also done for size control.

Olive tree after pruning La Mesa

Photo 20

Olive tree, Fletcher Hills, 2008, reduced about 5 feet in height all around, some dead and near dead substantial-limb removal, lacing/thinning, and removal of a few substantial low limbs.  Forgot to take before picture. I was contacted initially because of the owners concern about some dead limbs.  The dead limbs were likely caused by a soil-transmitted disease called Verticillium Wilt, which translocates through the tree and can cause random die-off of limbs and twigs, with dead foliage usually still attached.  Occurrence of die-off is variable.  It can be either a little or a lot. Only effective management is trimming/pruning.


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Photo 21

Santa Rosa Plum, after pruning, 2018, in Rancho San Diego.  Before photo wasn't taken.

Photo 22

Photo 22

Nectarine before pruning at left, and after pruning below.  In Escondido 2018:

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Photo 23

Same pine as photo 34, just before second thinning-pruning.

Photo 24

Photo 24

Peach tree at beginning of pruning.  Kensington, 2012.

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Photo 25

 Same tree as photo 24 after pruning, though photo taken about a month after pruning job.  A bit of flowering and leafing have begun in this photo.  Kensington.

San Diego nut tree pruning, Macadamia

Photo 26

Macadamia tree, at beginning of pruning in photo at left which you can click on to enlarge.  After pruning, and before cleaning up, in photo above.  Chula Vista, 2013. 

Fruit tree pruning La Mesa San Diego

Photo 27

Snta Rosa Plum after pruning, August 2018.  Before pruning photo at left, which you click on to enlarge.   The plum was getting too big for the space, in part due to too much watering, and so I also turned off the nozzle which was watering it.   For this site location, it's a good bet that it may not needed any further direct watering, in part due to the large lawn immediately in front of it and the site location being in a low lying area, and thus the soil is likely to have longer water reserves in the deeper soil (than I higher elevation site) which is still within access by the roots.  An additional reason is the small space for the plum to grow in nicely, to be kept 'well-kept', and not too large for the space.   It's likely that two to three times per year pruning will be best, such as in summer after fruit ripening time, winter during dormancy for some refinement of the pruning, and then possibly some pruning before the fruit ripen.

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Photo 28

Jacaranda tree in La Mesa, 2018, before pruning in photo at left; after pruning in photo below:

Photo 29

Photo 29

Old Japanese Black Pine at beginning of pruning, with purpose to thin it out substantially, 2011. 

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Photo 30

After pruning, 2011. 

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Photo 31

Slightly different angle after pruning. 

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Photo 32

 Midpride Peach, kept dwarf, under 7 feet, grafted onto Apricot seedling, growing in situ in ground, in 1994.  Photo, June 2012.  Peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums,... all can benefit from a pre-ripening-time pruning to get more light on the fruit for more color and sugar development, especially if it is desired to keep the tree relatively small, say under 7'.   And it can also be good in some cases to do post harvest pruning sometime in summer, as appropriate, for more light on the twigs and branches for stronger twig and bud development for best fruit production the following year.  Winter pruning can then be done for refinement.   And then in early spring, peaches and nectarines with abundant fruit set should be thinned substantially for best fruit development and quality, - at least 6 inches between each fruit, at mature size, for best quality(so make good estimation of mature size at the early spring fruit thinning time).

Photo 33

Photo 33

Showing Tabebuia chrysotricha (aka Handroanthus chrysotrichus), a yellow flowering small tree, wherein it had two codominant stems, which created a narrow crotch shown in the close-up photo.   Narrow crotches/attachments such as this, having a 'v' shape, with 'included bark', are relatively prone to breaking-off through a combination of weight stresses due to growth weight and/or strong winds.   The portion that was cut off was nearly half of the canopy-crown.  The portion that remains was determined to be more substantial and even in distribution.   I was called in to diagnose and correct this structural situation, and so I decided to cut out the lesser desireable portion, and brace the remaining portion and trunk, in order for the remaining portion to take on a balanced central postion.  Btw, I didn't consider taking a before photo, - woops.   The staking positions were re-done along with the multiple points of bracing as necessary to make for a straight trunk and centered canopy.  In the full length photo at left the v-crotch is at the second-from-top rubber brace.  In time, maybe two to three years, the tree will strengthen its structure and be self standing without staking.

Japanese Pine pruning/lacing/shaping/grooming

Photo 34

Same pine as in photos 1-2 in late December 2012, last pruning was April 2010.

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Photo 34

Young Panamint Nectarine before pruning.  Linda Vista 2014.

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Photo 35

Young plum tree, before summer pruning.  After pruning in photo at left, which you click on to enlarge.   Trimmed back for the purpose of cutting back the lanky growth, to keep the plant smaller, and the smaller growth should have plenty of flower buds develop, and produce plenty of fruit.   Santa Rosa Plum.  Summer 2017.

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Photo 36

Photo at left after cutting out root stock suckers.  Photo below showing rootstock suckers before cutting them out.  This is a multi-graft Citrus bush/tree in which rootstock suckers grew out from near ground level without control, growing well beyond the height of the grafted Citrus.   So I cut the suckers off at their origin on the trunk.    The mass of visible foliage on the Citrus, after the rootstock suckers were cut out, is Cara Cara Navel Orange.  There are 4 other Citrus grafted on but the Cara Cara Navel vastly outgrew them all because its growth was not kept in check to balance with the other varieties.   The other varieties grafted on are Lane Late Navel Orange, Washington Navel Orange, Valencia Orange, and Moro Blood Orange, but again, they did very little growth development, and which is all shrouded by the Cara Cara Navel growth which is what's seen in the photo.   This tree was purchased pre-grafted at a nursery.  Photo is about 2 years after planting in the ground here.   I was called in to get things under control, with this one and a few other fruit trees.   La Mesa, 2018

Fruit tree pruning La Mesa San Diego

Photo 37

Apricot pruning in August 2018, summertime, in La Mesa.   Before photo at left, which you click on to enlarge.   Pruned because the apricot was getting too big for the space.   And so, I recommend(ed) no more direct watering to the apricot because the roots are well distributed, there's a large lawn in front of the apricot and, the site location is in a low area which makes for more water retention in the lower soil levels, typically speaking.   It's a good bet that no further direct watering will be necessary for this apricot, because only 'just enough' growth is necessary for good production, - there's no advantage to having growth which is excessive for the space, and also for the matter of strong structural integrity for the tree.   And, time will tell, response/results will show.   Pruning frequency can be as often as pruning after ripening in summer, winter dormant pruning for refinement, and possibly some pre-ripening pruning; case by case determination.

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Photo 38

 Jacaranda tree, reduced per client's desire.  La Jolla, 2014.


San Diego Rose Pruning, Chula Vista

Photo 39

Roses pruned in Chula Vista.  2014 

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Photo 40

Appe tree, Chula Vista, 2014.  Client wanted tree reduced modestly, after years of no pruning; not really detailed pruned, just informally reduced.  


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Photo 41

'Anna' Apple bush, before pruning in photo at left.  After pruning below, both 2018, La Mesa:

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Photo 42

Photo of Orange tree after grooming-pruning, cutting out dead and low vitality branches and twigs.  Pt. Loma, 2010: And the before pruning photo, below, earlier in the same day:

Cherimoya pruning, fruit tree pruning

Photo 43

Cherimoya big-bush 'tree', April 2018, at pruning time.  Small enlargeable photo at left is before pruning.  Photo below is after pruning.  There are three varieties which I grafted onto this Cherimoya, and which have produced for many years:   Nata, El Bumpo, and a Madeira island variety I call 'Kraka', because the fruit usually majorly cracks on the tree, though the fruit flesh, which has a mild pleasant pure fruity flavor, is good when it softens up.  Nata and El Bumpo have typical good/great cherimoya, pineapple-banana flavor.  Nata is more fine grained flesh, El Bumpo is larger grained flesh.  El Bumpo is more sweet pineapple flavor with some tang, Nata is more rich n smooth, very sweet, with some tang.

Olive tree pruning

Photo 44 Dwarf Olive pruning / re-structuring

Olive bush, probably the Wilsonii variety trained bushy style rather than tree style.   Steele Canyon area, July 2020.  Before and after pruning photos.  

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Photo 45 Olive tree grooming-trimming

Olive tree in Steel Canyon neighborhood, groom-trimmed, showing before and after trimming photos.   Some thinning and oveall grooming-trimming was done.  Subtle.   July 2020.


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