Bear with me, I'm fairly new to outdoor gardening.
I recently bought my first house, and outside has what appears to be a
very overgrown Juniper. It's roughly 10' tall, and even though it
appears to have been trimmed into a Christmas-tree shape at some
point, it's been awhile since it was taken care of.
I've seen topiaries that are nicely shaped (like a spiral), and if I
understand correctly, a juniper can be shaped like this, too. Can any
ordinary juniper be shaped like this?
If so, is it possible to take a 10' tall juniper that has a diameter
(at the ground) of about 5', and trim it into a nice shape like this?
I certainly don't want a 10' spiral topiary (and couldn't trim that
high, anyway), so can I take some height off of it?
If any of this is possible, do I need to do this at a special time of
year (I'm in western NC)? Any special tools, other than pruning shears
Any tips or advice at all would be greatly appreciated. TIA,
PS, there were 2 other junipers that I had to remove. They have been
devestated by some type of parasite: almost the entire front half of
the tree/bush was leafless, and they smelled bad. Although this third
one is only about 15' from those two, it seems to be healthy.