Trimming overgrown laurels

Asked May 8, 2017, 6:40 PM EDT

My laurels are 30 feet tall and more like trees. Any suggestions before I start with the chainsaw?

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

No, chainsaw away, but please observe safety precautions like eye/ear protection and gloves/chaps. I would also be careful as to where the tops fall. If these are around power lines, you may be better off calling in professionals. Laurels are pretty tough and will leaf out but you may get additional sprouting because at 30 ft, your plants have an extensive root system. I have a neighbor's laurel that sprouts from the roots (suckers) that have gone under a cement retaining wall about eight feet from the crown of the plant. Watch for unwanted growth and cut off as soon as you see it. I could recommend pruning methods like heading and thinning cuts but I think you are beyond that.