Braid a Bay Tree

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Braid Stems

In spring and summer, when the wood is sappy, the stems should be pliable enough to be loosely braided, repeatedly passing the stems left over right, right over left. It may look forced at first, but will even out as the stems grow.

Trim Off Uneven Growth

Once you have finished braided, secure the stems temporarily with strong garden twine, then trim off any uneven growth to leave a compact head. As the tree grows, prune lightly to encourage bushier growth.

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