privet hedge prune ,,,, ?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by turfeater, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. turfeater

    turfeater LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 166

    I have a long row of privet hedge that is over grown about 2,3 feet ..that needs pruned back ...
    Q ,,Is it harty enough to prune now,, in ohio or should i wait ? no new growth yet .
    thanks already
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    No problem with cutting back privet at this time.
  3. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    Now is a good time. You don't want to take off that much growth during dry summer months (too much stress on plant).Don't prune prior to the plant going into dormancy as it may produce a flush of new growth that may not harden off before winter.
  4. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    Be sure and take out 10% of each plant at the base of the clump (ground level). This will encourage new growth inside the clump and keep it from looking bare in the future. You should also consider cutting the 'whips' (the really tall, relatively leafless stems) by 1/2 for the above reason.

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