Q. When can I prune my privet hedge?
Ligustrum ovalifolium can be pruned in early spring and in summer (trimming in July). Use a string along the top to make the task easier. Cutting and pruning is a time-consuming task, but privet is a very forgiving shrub. Improper pruning will often result in specimens that topple over after a heavy snowstorm. Prune the hedge wider at the bottom, so the sun can shine bottom to top and it will eventually fill out.
Pruning Shrubs and a video, Trimming a Hedge with Straight Edges, are links offering detailed advice on hedge trimming. Hedges provides tips on planting as well as trimming and pruning. Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service offers general information on hedge cultivation.
Note: Electric trimmers are much lighter than gas ones, and more eco-friendly too.
For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service