What time of year to prune hedges? - Knowledgebase Question

Chelmsford, Ma
Question by landscaper6
November 14, 2009
I'm a novice, and don't want to kill the massive hedges by pruning at the wrong time...is now (mid-November) OK?

Answer from NGA
November 14, 2009


Actually, spring is the best time to prune hedges. If you prune now they will respond with new growth, which will not be winter hardy. If your hedges are really large and you want to reduce their size, plan on taking off about one third of the growth in the spring and one third again in mid-summer. A third pruning the following spring should bring the plants back to a smaller size. Pruning in stages will keep your hedges thick and full and will keep pruning stress to a minimum. Wait until next spring to start your pruning project.

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