The Best Time to Trim or Cut Hedges


the best time to trim or cut hedges


ruining your landscape hedges at the

right time ensures they develop their

optimum form and keeps them from

becoming too large or overgrown for the

space hedge shears or trimmers are

typically used for formal hedges while

simple bypass pruners are suitable for

any type of hedge before pruning

disinfect shears in a solution of one

part bleach and nine parts water because

diseases can be an issue regardless of

the pruning time new hedges newly

planted hedges typically require some

pruning right after planting hedges are

often planted in late winter or spring

before the plants fully awake from

dormancy or in summer or fall when they

are actively growing cut back spring

planted hedges immediately after

planting before the buds begin to break

and cut back summer planted hedges late

in the season after the plants go

dormant cutting back the upright stems

to a six to eight inch height encourages

branching when the hedges resume growth

and spring the extra branching results

in a fuller more compact hedge that

takes less effort to shape and maintain

after it reaches maturity

flowering hedges pruning flowering

hedges at the wrong time prevents the

hedge from producing flowers the

following season some flowering shrubs

like camellias camellia SPP which grow

in US Department of Agriculture Plant

Hardiness zone six through nine flower

from late summer through winter and

require spring pruning spring or summer

flowering shrubs are usually pruned

immediately after flowering regardless

of the season if a plant produces flower

buds on old wood soon after it finishes

the current seasons bloom always prune

it after flowering if it flowers on new

wood it produces in the spring you can

usually trim the hedge after flowering

or in late winter before new growth

begins evergreen hedges

hedges groan Oh me for their foliage

aren't usually as picky about pruning

time generally these hedges are best

trimmed right before they break dormancy

in late winter or early spring evergreen


such as boxwood boxes SPP Hardy in USDA

zone six through eight require cutting

back for size and shape and early to mid

spring regular light summer pruning is

also necessary to prevent overgrown

branches or to control rapid summer

growth formal hedges with neatly clipped

and shaped sides require more frequent

pruning through summer while informal

hedges left in their natural shape

require only light pruning to remove

Deadwood in to maintain their height and

width deciduous hedges

most deciduous non flowering hedges are

grown as informal hedges so they require

only maintenance pruning in early spring

just before the new leaf buds begin to

break for example Barbera shrubs Berbers

SPP hardy in USDA zones five through

nine require only removal of dead wood

and light heading back to the height and

width of the shrub spring rejuvenation

pruning keeps these hedges healthy and

compact so their natural shape remains

attractive through summer you can also

trim out broken or badly overgrown

branches as needed throughout summer