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3 ways to ... Rejuvenate a conifer.

1 If it is brown in the centre, remove the small dead branches to reveal the shape of the main branches. Cut off a few of the lower large branches to enable you to underplant with ground cover plants which will withstand dry shade such as vinca and cranesbill geranium.

2 If the conifer is brown at the base, plant variegated ivy at the base which will use the brown, lower branches as a climbing frame.

3 Transform a conifer into a standard by removing all branches up to 1.5m (5ft) or lower and then lightly trim the top to shape.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 21, 2012
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