The Q&A Archives: Pruning Boxwood Shrubs

Question: I have boxwood shrubs that are overgrown. Should I cut them and let them start over?

Answer: Boxwood can be sheared or left natural. For a formal hedge shear the new growth to produce the maximum number of densly-growing branches. Boxwood can also be thinned and hand pruned for a more casual looking hedge or shrub. Prune in late winter while still dormant for heavy trimming. They may be clipped at anytime for neatness.

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