When is the best time to trim non-flowering hedges? - Knowledgebase Question

Fresno, ca
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Question by palweb
May 26, 2007
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 from NGA
May 26, 2007
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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