Dissonance re Fertilizing Creosote Bushes?!?
Pruning a Creosote Bush Remove dead wood at any time of the year and give it a thinning when necessary. You can also cut it back to almost ground level if the plant is old and rangy.
This will force thick compact growth the following spring. Occasionally, gardeners will try to shape the plant. Pruning: Trained horticulturists will lightly head back creosote bush to encourage a more rounded, yet still natural looking habit of growth.
Creosote bush can also be rarely severely pruned to near ground level to rejuvenate vigor. Kristin Stevens. Posts: 7. posted 4 years ago. Number of slices to send: Optional 'thank-you' note: Send. What is the best time of year to cut back overgrowth of creosote in arid high desert/Joshua Tree? Should amount cut back be limited to 15% of the green limbs? Anything else important to know before cutting plants. In the Landscape. Creosote bush works well for dry, rocky areas in full sun.
Limiting water, and regular pruning will keep this shrub small and compact. If I had native creosote bushes in my yard, I'd keep them too. Anything that doesn't need attention and water gets my vote. Recently I started to appreciate a volunteer desert broom that sprouted in my back yard (actually two- I had to get rid of the female one because of the copious seeds.) It's like a low-maintenance boxwood. Prune a little more than just the dead portions, up to 30% of the plant/year is Ok.
(We feel that palms may be pruned to the ground every year until they don't come back.) Some of the genera like Quercus, Umbellularia, and Arctostaphylos are slow to recover from a bad hair cut. The smell of creosote after a good rain is the result of many volatile oils, but mostly terpene (a compound found in pines), limonene (citrus), camphor (pines and rosemary), methanol (wood alcohol), and 2-undecanone (spices).
Fire keeps creosote bush in check. The creosote bush thrives in the desert. Nov 25, Use a small pair of pruning shears to clip away any new growth that is growing out to the sides. This will ensure the bush retains a strong, upright shape as it continues to grow throughout the coming year. Remove any branches that are criss-crossing with one another as well in order to keep the bush from growing bushmulch.bar: 13K.
Apr 11, Creosote bushes are probably symbiotic with termites and subterranean fungi. They probably utilize the mound that accumulates under the plant for water retention and nutrition (tortoise, lizard, and rodent poop). They probably propagate from sprouts that are within the wind/sun shadow of the 'mother' plant.