Pruning Now?

hostaanita(z6)March 25, 2005


We're renovating a row of townhouse. There are old ( 29 years ) overgrown privet( I think) hedges all around. I'd like to prune them now before they leaf out...I think it would be easier? Would this harm or them ? It's about

-1Cto+5C most days.



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karen_w(5 MI)

What kind of hedges? It's too early to prune roses. If you prune forsythia now, you'll lose some of this year's bloom. It depends....K.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2005 at 11:22AM
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jel48(Z4 Michigan)

Same for lilacs... wouldn't want to prune those now either. If they're non-spring blooming bushes, then now should be an ideal time to prune most things.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2005 at 5:20PM
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What area are you in? This can make quite a difference.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2005 at 11:20PM
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Thanks for the replies. I'm in Zone 5b. As I mentioned it's a privet hedge so I'm not worried about early blooms.

I'm going to give it a go next week , while it before it's buds open . Keep your fingers crossed.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2005 at 1:20PM
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LauraBC(z8 BC Cda)

As far as I can tell you can easily prune your privet hedge now or could do it later in the season. Since it isn't a flowering hedge I don't think it really matters a lot, though I wouldn't do it in the fall. Found this website which has some interesting info on privets.

Here is a link that might be useful: Privet

    Bookmark   April 11, 2005 at 1:35AM
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