French pruning

When I walk pass gardens, I constantly notice badly pruned shrubs.  Unless a shrub is purposely trimmed in a formal shape, the worse thing to do to a shrub is to trim it year after year with shears. You end up with extremely dense tips and bare wood immediately beneath.

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Badly pruned shrub creates a very dense and completely bare wood frame

Lack of light within the crown stops any foliage growth therefore a very poor appearance.

The same shrub from the above picture after undergoing some thinning out pruning also sometimes called French pruning.

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