Privet Hedge Sparce/Wooded Branches

mdevine(NY)July 11, 2005

I have about 150 feet of Privet around my lawn. It is not looking as good these days. Lots of dead looking branches at the ends. Fairly sparce in many areas. It is about 6 feet tall.

A neighbor told me that Privets need to be cut down to the stump every 15 years or so to keep them looking healthy/full.

Yes? No?

This would be a very painful process for me.

Thanks

Mike

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adirondackgardener(Western Maine)

Your neighbor is largely correct, though you may be able to begin a selective program of pruning, cutting only sections of the hedge each year to 2 or 3 inches from the ground. Delaware Cooperative Extension recommends cutting all 4 year old wood to the ground. I've seen it recommended that spring is the time for rejuvenation of Privets. Often the recommendation is to do a third of the hedge, though this may seem arbitrary. Perhaps it is to not drag out the process of your neighbors recommendation longer than necessary?

Wayne

    Bookmark   July 20, 2005 at 8:56PM
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