Answer: Ligustrum, or Privet, are generally pest-free, but the stress of a cold, wet winter may have set the stage for a fungal infection. I'd prune the hedges back to remove dead and diseased foliage and to encourage new stems and leaves. Remove the prunings from the garden so they don't infect other, healthy plants. You can prune back to live wood by scraping the bark with your thumbnail and removing everything that doesn't have a faint green color directly under the bark. (It's dead, anyway, so you won't be losing anything by pruning back hard.) Hope this does the trick and restores the health of your hedge!
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