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Best time of year to hedge/prune English Laurel?

Posted by ekote PNW WA (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 10, 07 at 19:40

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RE: Best time of year to hedge/prune English Laurel?

The best time of year is when I'm away. We have about a mile of laurel hedge 9' tall. It is beautiful but requires a lot of work to keep it up. My husband cuts and I haul. Then I cry and we switch.


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RE: Best time of year to hedge/prune English Laurel?

  • Posted by ekote PNW WA (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 12, 07 at 16:36

I'm thinking spring after the flowers have faded on the hedge.

As much as this thing is a monster, it tastefully and effectively masks an ugly Costco vinyl shed and firewood shelter (think 3-sided box). But, it sure needs hedging...


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RE: Best time of year to hedge/prune English Laurel?

Tips:

You don't have to do all sides in one year, if its a serious reduction.

It can get hot in late May. Don't expose too much bare stem to the sun, like major cut-backs in late May to August. The bark can get sunburned.

I recall one guy - about 1989 - saying that English laurel was near indestructable, and defoliating it in June. It got "creamed" by the sun, with little foliage coming back that year, and bark peeling and cracking the next year due to the severity of sunburn.

So part of the timing answer, deals with how much you plan to prune or reduce.


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RE: Best time of year to hedge/prune English Laurel?

  • Posted by ekote PNW WA (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 14, 07 at 10:29

It's a 17'+ height hedge that needs to have about a foot or so taken off the sides. I suppose about a month ago would have been ideal. Perhaps I'll hold off till next year.


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RE: Best time of year to hedge/prune English Laurel?

1 foot is not too radical for that big of a hedge.

The sides are safer from sun exposure than the top, especially if they don't face the sunset. Even if one side does face the sunset, it sounds very do-able now.


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RE: Best time of year to hedge/prune English Laurel?

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 15, 07 at 12:37

Anytime you have the loppers and saw in your hands is the best time. The bigger the stem, the further in you cut if you don't want that sheared look.


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RE: Best time of year to hedge/prune English Laurel?

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 15, 07 at 15:40

May.


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RE: Best time of year to hedge/prune English Laurel - to encourag

Hi - I'm new to this, so might have posted this 3 times!!

My laurel hedge has flowered in mid-spring every year since it was planted about 8 years ago. Lovely fragrant, white, droopy flowers. Most years we just gave it a light-ish trim whenever it got out of shape to encourage it to grow to the right height/width (approx 12 ft high). Last year it had got so big we gave it quite a heavy pruning in October. This year - no flowers! So when is the best time to trim so we still get flowers each year?


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Minnie_2008's zone

I didn't say - I'm in the UK!


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RE: Best time of year to hedge/prune English Laurel?

Seattle: February is the best time. By May, you'll have a dense covering of fresh, green leaves. If you prune too late, the new growth will be stretched and gangly. This timing also reduces the number of trashy flowers that deposit layers of berry-goo in September.


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