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.


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Answer from NGA
March 5, 2000

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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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