Making portuguese laurel bushy
I recently bought 3 portuguese laurel online to create a small hedge. When they arrived they were disappointingly narrow being only 30cm wide but 120cm tall. As they seemed healthy I planted them up vowing to just pay the extra at my local garden centre next time so I can see what I'm getting. My question is: are there any pruning techniques that will help create bushier plants faster than just letting nature take it's course? I already have a single specimen in a different location that is 3 times wider for the same height that I planted last year. However it appears to have been pruned for bushiness when very young and I'm wondering if my new plants may take several years to get where I want them. Thanks in advance.