View Full Version : Holly Bushes pruning

03-22-2006, 12:50 AM
I have a customer that has a ton of holly bushes that look really bad. She said," the lawn care provider did a horrible job of pruning them. My question is when is the best time to prune and by what method to prune. She really wants a thick bush with alot of berries. Thanks for the help

Greg Coffey

Az Gardener
03-22-2006, 01:14 AM
I don't think we have the same kind of hollies, here (az) we have Yaupon hollies. they grow very slowly and are usually shaped into low hedges. As with most plants remove dead or diseased wood first I would then look to fertilize and water deeply and as frequently as the soil will dry out and let you go at it again. now is a great time to do whatever pruning as we are coming into a heavy growth period. Perhaps someone with more experience with this variety could provide more detailed directions. The longer it has been in the ground the faster it will recover from whatever pruning you do.

03-22-2006, 06:02 AM
There are over 200 types of Hollies

Blooms on evergreen Hollies will be produced on last seasons growth
Pruning them while dormant will reduce blooms and therefore reduce berries

The best time to prune would be June-July
Midseason shearing if a formal hedge is desired.

03-22-2006, 09:01 AM
HI Greg,
Give me a call and I'll go look at them with you.We'll see how they need to be pruned.