The Q&A Archives: Replacing an overgrown hedge

Question: We have a beautiful green leafy hedge that has started to over take our sidewalk and neighbors are complaining. I hate to take it out but when we have tried to trim it back, only brown ugly twigs lie below the green leaves. Is there anyway to trim it and hope it will look okay or should we take it all out and replae it? If so, what typr of plant makes a good 3-4' hedge?

Answer: If you could find out the name of the plant you're using as a hedge and submit another question to this forum, we can help guide you through the pruning process. Some plants will not grow new leaves on old branches and some will. So knowing exactly which plant you want to renovate is really important. Established hedges usually rebound in just a matter of months if they are correctly pruned. Why not cut a small specimen and take it to your local nursery for identification? Then send us another question with the name of the plant and we'll walk you through the renovation process.

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