The Q&A Archives: Tips Of Hedge Dying After Trim

Question: I trimmed our hedge (I don't know what kind of hedge it is-- it's low, leaves are small and ovular, evergreen, non-flowering), and a week later it looks as though all the leaves are dying where I trimmed. It's nearly all yellow on the top of the hedge. What did I do wrong and how can I fix it?

Thank you,


Answer: Hedges usually respond well to trimming and, while it may take a few weeks, new growth generally emerges wherever a stem is cut. I wonder if you pruned the plants back too severely? It's best to remove only the tip growth, on a regular basis, rather than wait until plants are quite overgrown and in need radical pruning. Leaves that were shaded from hot sunshine prior to pruning may be overexposed now and dying back because they can't adjust quickly enough to their new environment. Water regularly and wait until spring. If you need to trim the plants up a bit to encourage new growth, spring is the best time to do so. Best of luck!

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