Pruning common juniper
Shaving rather than pruning
Do not let your juniper become larger than you originally intended before pruning it. You may think you can simply remove the surplus branches at any time, but this is not the case.
Juniper needs to be pruned skilfully, without cutting away too much in one go. In the case of the common juniper, this should be “shaved” rather than pruned.
Only cut off the tips of the twigs. If you remove too much, cutting right back to the wood, the resulting bare patch will not produce new shoots.
Pruning in September and October
Juniper should preferably be pruned in autumn, from the end of September onwards.