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Hedge Trimming, Cutting or Pruning for Dummies

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Hedge Trimming, Cutting or Pruning for Dummies

A privet hedge can be a great addition to your yard. These plants are often not very decorative when viewed on their own, but with the right landscaping and spacing, they can provide you with privacy from passersby as well as make an attractive border for your property. If you are considering adding a hedge to your property, it is important to familiarise yourself with proper care and maintenance.

Cutting Back Hedges

If your privet hedge is overgrown, it may be time to start refreshing the sight with a new one. Privets are dormant during winter but make sure you wait for them to go back into dormancy before cutting away everything! If they haven’t shown any signs of growing yet, there will still be plenty of opportunities later on.


The key to maintaining a well-looking hedgerow is trimming. Cutting back your privet hedge can be tricky, but it’s important because too much growth will cause the plants to die or get diseased. Fertilising and mulching are crucial for regrowth so that you don’t need more than one round of maintenance in just six months!

Ways to Hedge Bushes

Hedges are a great way to add privacy and beauty to your yard. You may not do much hedge pruning in the first year depending on factors like how long ago you planted it or what time of year it was when you came home from college for Christmas break, but as soon as summer comes around again, start making sure all hedging needs regular trimming!


Pruning a privet hedge can be tricky, but it’s not as hard to do as people often think. You must understand what the goal of pruning your hedge is; shaping and lightening up the inside of your hedges so they don’t die off or get too dense.

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Cut Older Stems Than New Ones

It might be tempting to cut those older stems, but try not to. Those leaves and high-lignin content will keep the plant moisturised through the winter months by protecting it from moisture loss. Cutting new growth is just fine though!


It’s always hard deciding what cuts you want to make in your garden – should you give more attention to maintaining old plants or get rid of them for newer ones? You may have noticed that our newest posts are all about planting trees, so we know this can feel like a difficult decision when faced with such powerful options: adding fruit tree saplings or removing an overgrown shrubbery.

Remove 30% Older Stems

It’s essential to remove up to 30% of the oldest pieces in order to maintain a healthy hedge. Newer sections will receive more sunlight and flourish best with this pruning method, which can also make them harder for pests or insects like aphids, spiders and beetles that typically prey on new growth.

Make A Few Cuts

The best way to cut a stem is at the point where it branches. Make two cuts, one on each side of your branch and make sure that you are cutting about an inch above the branching point. You also need to be sure you’re not damaging any of those valuable leaves.

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Flowering Shrubs Must Be Pruned

Flowering shrubs should be pruned at different times depending on when they flower. Pruning is one of the most important parts of landscaping, and it needs to be done correctly in order for your plants to thrive. The time you need to trim depends largely on which type or colour flowers are being trimmed- some might bloom during spring while others could show up as late summer if not early fall blooms so timing will vary accordingly based on that information alone!

Cuts Encourage New Growth

That’s right! When you trim your shrub, new branches will grow from the point of the cut. This means that even if you make a mistake and end up cutting off more than intended, it won’t be too much trouble to fix it by removing some additional smaller growth in those desired areas with pruning shears or hand clippers.

Remove the Suckers

There are suckers and water sprouts that siphon nutrients away from the hedge. When these get in your way, help yourself to a little pruning! It’s important not only for aesthetic reasons but also because it can improve plant growth by preventing excess moisture near the base of plants, which is an ideal environment for fungi or bacteria to flourish.

Privet Hedge Care

Knowing your shrubs’ growth habit and flowering time will help you keep up with their privet hedge care. Hedge trimmers are helpful for general shaping, especially when dealing with tall hedges. Hand pruners are good to have on hand if any of the tips need a little trimming – they work well for small jobs like that! If you’re looking at doing this all by yourself, it’s always important to prioritize which ones get trimmed first in order to avoid having them become overgrown while still maintaining shape/appearance (or vice versa).

Improve Light

Privets are a hardy plant in that they can tolerate partial shade conditions as well. With the right care, you will be rewarded with beautiful colours and foliage from your privet, it just takes some time to grow them into their full potential. 

Choose the Right Soil

Plants that can be used in a variety of soil types and are able to tolerate both slightly acidic or alkaline soils make for an excellent plant selection near the ocean. And they also need some salt, making them perfect plants for those looking to create more natural landscapes close to roadways as well!


Young privet shrubs should be watered deeply once a week when they don’t get any rainfall, or if it’s been really hot and dry without rain. Mature plants have good drought tolerance but will need water during extended periods of heat and lack of precipitation to prevent their soil from completely drying out.


Young privet shrubs are one of the most drought-tolerant plants in your garden. In fact, they can go without water for an entire year and still grow! You should give them a deep weekly watering if there has been no rain during that time period to keep their soil moist. 


Mature privets do well as long as you remember to water them every now or then when it’s very dry outside – even just once per summer is enough but make sure not too much so that all nutrients don’t leach out from the ground around their roots


Trimming a hedge can help to maintain its shape, give more light into an area where there is no natural sunlight (such as under trees), cut down on noise pollution from traffic or other sources. If left unchecked, hedges can become overgrown, make walkways difficult to navigate through and have sharp edges that could cause injury if walked into without caution. Hedging also provides privacy-protecting shade during hot summer days which allows plants underneath them like roses to flourish even when they’re not getting enough sun.

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