Answer: English laurels are relatively easy-care shrubs. They respond well to pruning, and since you've planted them as a hedge, you'll want to prune periodically to keep them looking uniform. Pruning stimulates new growth so you'll want to prune during the spring and summer months when the shrubs are actively growing. If you prune too late in the summer, or during the fall and winter months, warmish weather can prompt new growth which will be susceptible to dieback as temperatures get colder. As a general guideline, try not to remove more than one-third of the live material in any pruning session. Since some of your shrubs are twice as tall as others, you may need to plan on adjusting their sizes over a 2-3 year period. Once they begin to look similar in size, light pruning each spring should keep them all in shape.
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