Privet Hedges - Knowledgebase Question

Phila, PA
Question by JKDPOL
March 5, 2000
When is the best time of year for a radical pruning of thinning Privet hedges.

Answer from NGA
March 5, 2000


To rejuvenate privet, trim it short in very early spring. To keep the new growth dense and compact, begin very early to train it, as you would a new hedge, by clipping it regularly to force it to branch near the base. Maintain a wider width at the bottom than at the top so that light can reach the lower branches. This will help keep the plant well leafed at the base.

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