"Green Mound" juniper (Juniperus procumbens nana "Green Mound"), a brilliant green ground cover juniper, grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 to 9. It is a low-growing juniper that varieties a dense mat without the mounding at the center of the plant located in many ground cover junipers. You can also train ""Green Mound"" juniper as a bonsai.
The Best Time to Prune a Green Mound Juniper

Characteristics


""Green Mound"" juniper is less than 1 foot tall and will spread four to six feet. It will grow in complete sun or partial shade, though it grows much more gradually in shade. The cultivar has excellent drought tolerance but does demand a reasonable amount of water for best growth and look. It prefers well-drained, slightly acid to neutral soil. It has a reasonable growth price and demands less pruning than some other juniper varieties.

Upkeep and Restore


Dead, diseased, broken and broken branches should be cut very first. They can be removed at any time of yr. Remove the total branch if it is diseased and sterilize the pruners. Since the ""Green Mound"" juniper has a spreading form it could drape in excess of a wall and the undersides of the branches can be broken if the growth is too heavy or there are high winds. Thin or cut back overhanging branches if you consider they may possibly become broken.

Pruning


Quickly soon after the plant gets dormant in early winter, cut back branches of the juniper to keep it inside of the space presented and improve its natural shape. Do not cut growth back to bare branches. New growth seldom develops on bare wood. Complete this pruning by early spring, just just before new growth commences. Prune selectively -- do not make every single branch the identical length or the natural shape of the plant will be lost.

Thinning


Light pruning can be accomplished in late summer quickly soon after new growth is entirely designed Overly long branches can be cut back to lateral branches or vigorous side shoots. Make cuts where they will be hidden by new growth. A widespread problem with junipers is that heavy growth on upper branches shades out growth on lower branches, leaving bare wood that will not produce new growth. Dense growth can be thinned to prevent the lower portion of the ""Green Mound"" from dying out.