It sounds so unglamorous; probably because it is. We had been working on this project for three weeks, and just finished on Thursday. Most of the work was cutting back thickets of native (but installed) redtwig dogwood. It was neither coppicing nor pollarding, but something in between. They could not be coppiced completely because they are in trafficked areas where they might be tripping hazards until they regenerate. They were not quite pollarded because there were no real trunks remaining, just short stubs of canes. We also needed to removed brambles that were mixed with the redtwig dogwood, as well as a few exotic (non-native) plants that had grown in amongst the whole nasty mess. There were a few nice pyracanthas and privets that needed to be removed. In a better situation, they would have been nice specimens. This was not the right situation for any of them. Besides, privets seed profusely and are quite invasive.

1. Now you see it. This is a privet that needed to be removed.P80324
2. Now you don’t. This is the same privet noticeably absent.P80324+
3. Evidence. There really was a privet here.P80324++
4. And there it goes!P80324+++
5. Except for the foliage that just recently developed, this thicket of redtwig dogwood that will not be pruned is what the rest of it looked like.P80324++++
6. This is what it looks like now.P80324+++++
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12 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Vegetation Management

  1. Privet is on the Prohibited Invasive Plant Species list for New Hampshire, as is Pyrocantha. Is that the same in CA? Love Red-twig dogwood, especially in the snow. Thanks for a great blog!

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    1. They are not on the list yet, and are not invasive in all parts of California. We have a rather short list.
      Our native red-twig dogwood is not as colorful as the garden cultivars are, and we get no snow. They are a dark burnished red that looks nice close up, but do not stand out at a distance. They really look like a thicket once they get going.


    1. The redtwig dogwood forms such a thicket that it clogs the creek that flows from the spring. We need to maintain proper drainage. It also encroaches into other parts of the landscape. The tall canes arch over and try to touch down and root in the walking trail. I would like to get rid of all of it, but we only cut it down to the ground and allow it to regenerate; and we leave the thicket on the embankment on the other side of the creek to grow wild for the quail. The quail did not seem to mind what we did, perhaps because the low spot where we did it is too wet for them. They really dig the dry area above. I could not bear to hear any sad cooing of quail!

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    1. They are nice in the right situations, and the birds really dig them. I hated to take ours out, but they were in the wrong place. Almost all are rich red here. There might be only two cultivars that are commonly available here, one that is tall and shrubby, and another that is more sprawling. Once in a while, I see an old variety, or one that is seed grown that is different from those that get planted. In Ben Lomond, there is one with orangish yellow berries. It is not very pretty, and the foliage looks bad, but the berries are interesting. I do rather like the color.


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