We’ve been bringing you regular updates from Rather Square, a blog ran by Oak Park residents Laura Kesselring and John Christenson, an Oak Park husband and wife who are artists and graphic designers that recently started tackling the redesign of their 1920s historic home.
This week’s post covers do-it-yourself landscaping for pruning trees.
Not all of our home improvement projects are successful… especially in the landscaping department! Today we’re sharing a pruning fail in our backyard, along with our planned next steps to try and fix it. Plus a fun surprise twist at the end of the post, so keep reading!
Last time we talked about the smoke tree in our backyard was in May, when we reported on how we pruned it during the winter to try and control its growth.
You can see in the right-side photo above that the tree was looking pretty sparse. At that point in the spring, we weren’t seeing much regrowth and were hoping the tree would fill in more over the summer. Well…be careful what you wish for. Only a few months later, we’ve got a smoky monster on our hands.
Instead of a cute and tidily-pruned smoke tree in our backyard, it’s now growing up as high as the playroom windows. And it’s actually engulfing the little Japanese maple and the ornamental cherry tree and other plants in that corner of the garden. The difference in last summer’s tree growth and this summer’s is crazy – check out this side-by-side comparison.
Rather Square also shared this helpful video on how to prune trees and bushes: