Ask a Question forum: Thicken Hedge (Ligustrum Recurvifolium)

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Name: Nigel Keane
Charleston, SC (Zone 8b)
Feb 28, 2018 9:28 AM CST
Approximately 4-5 years ago, I planted Ligustrum Recurvifolium along a property line with the intention of cultivating a natural privacy screen. The bushes were planted 6-feet apart on center.

Today, the bushes are well established, standing approximately 6-feet tall and 4-feet wide, the bushes have yet to weave together to form a complete privacy screen. The gap that remains between each bush is approximately 1-2 feet. A few of the bushes are not as wide at the bottom as the top.

In order to get the bushes to weave together, I am considering heading the bushes to a height of 4-5 feet, in additional to shaping the sides so that the profile of the bush is wider at the bottom than the top. Based on the attached picture, is this a good approach or should I leave the bushes as they are and let them grow naturally in order to achieve a full privacy screen?

Thank you in advance!

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Feb 28, 2018 2:14 PM CST
Howdy there Nigel 😀
YOUR, just about there, and just about right.
Pruning, promotes growth.
I would take one foot off tops.
Then ! Take a foot or two off front and back sides.
Don't trim anything inbetween them.
Then ! Inbetween them, pull some branches together and tie them together.
Then, you'll just about have a full screen Hurray! !!!
If not ? IN a couple months, YOU WILL 👍 ! Hurray! Hurray! 😀

Be cool !!!
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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