Pruning a laurel hedge
Laurel is a very rustic aromatic plant that needs little care and pruning the laurus hedge is not an indispensable operation. However, it is recommended if you want to create ornamental vegetable sculptures for your garden. In this case, pruning the laurel hedge can be a fun creative moment: in fact, conical or spherical shapes can be created, for lovers of classic lines, but you can also indulge in giving the hedge shapes of flowers or animals. For this type of ornamental cut, you have to cut the branches after spring or autumn growth. Pruning is useful if you want to prevent your laurel from multiplying spontaneously through the seeds: in this case cut abundantly before flowering. Keep in mind that the more you prune, the more vigorous the hedge becomes.
Laurel in the kitchen
Anyone who loves to cook knows that there must always be bay leaves in the kitchen, because it is useful for flavoring many dishes. The leaves, in fact, both fresh and dried, flavor the sauces based on meat or game. Laurel is essential for the preparation of aromatic bouquets used for marinated dishes, to give flavor to potatoes, legumes, roasts, but also for fish dishes. A bay leaf should never be missing even in the water used for the preparation of the broth, both vegetable and meat. Did you know that laurel leaves in herbal medicine are recommended in the form of an infusion for the treatment of pain in the abdomen, or, finely pulverized, they soothe the headache? They also contain high concentrations of chemicals - such as geraniol and piperidine - which are the basis of pesticides for domestic use and in some areas of North Africa the leaves are rubbed on livestock to remove horseflies and insects.