The Q&A Archives: When To Cut Shrubs

Question: We have shrubs (hedges) that are approximately 40 years old and 4 ft. high. They are trimmed every spring and again in fall. Several of the shrubs have thick branches and very difficult to cut. Would it be wise to cut them to near ground level and let them grow out again and if so, when is the best time to do this?

Answer: The answer to your question really depends on what type of shrubs you have. Some can be handled that way and will regrow just fine, others may die outright as a result of that treatment. Generally speaking this would be done in early spring and the plants would be supplied with water and nutrients as needed during the following growing season to help them recover from the abuse. Regular pruning would also be done that first year to encourage development of an appropriate growth pattern for the framework of the hedge. If you would ask again at the website Q&A and indicate specifically which type of shrubs yu have we would be glad to try to give you more specific advice.

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