need to replace shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Fairway, Ka
Question by karen66205
May 14, 2010
i have inkberry hollys that after 5 years are very leggy. Will cutting them way back help or is this just how they get? If this is how they get when mature then what do you recommend i replace with to get same look without having to replace again in 5 years

Answer from NGA
May 14, 2010


If you prune your shrubs back every year or two they will remain thick and full rather than leggy. You can rejuvenate your inkberries by pruning them back by about one third this spring. If they still look leggy and sparse at the end of the summer, plan on pruning them back by a third next spring. By this time next summer your shrubs should look shorter, thicker and fuller. Lightly trim them back every spring or every other spring and you can maintain this appearance. Enjoy your garden!

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