The Q&A Archives: When is the best time to trim non-flowering hedges?

Question: Another question for you: my backyard is bordered on 3 sides with 6'-8' high non-flowering hedges. They do, however, have small white blossoms in the spring (for bee pollination) and they are almost finished dropping those blossoms. They are also very overgrown. Is now a good time to trim them? If not, when?


Answer: Now is an excellent time to prune those hedges back. If they are very overgrown, you may want to reduce their size in 2-3 pruning sessions rather than all at once. To keep your shrubs healthy, the rule of thumb is to remove no more than one-third of the growth in any one pruning session. If you need to remove more than that, prune again in late summer or early fall.

Best wishes with your hedges!

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