Cutting back a Privet hedge

MrGriz Posted By MrGriz, May 7, 2007 at 2:23 PM

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  1. MrGriz

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    Ok, I'm going to try out the new forum and ask for some help from all of you arborists and gardeners out there.

    I have a row of privet (sp?) hedge about 50' - 60' long, which runs along part of my lot line. The hedge had gotten way out of control and was very 'leggy'. Last weekend, I cut it back to about 12" high.

    My question is: did I cut back enough, or should I have taken it almost to the ground?

    I want to give it a new start, so I can keep it managed and looking better over the next few years.
     
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    Hi -

    It'll grow back excessively thick and stringy (to my taste) unless one cuts some of the roots to keep things in balance. I use an ordinary shovel, cutting just inside the width I'd like, and every other shovel width. So it ends up looking like a dotted/perforated line.

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    Thanks for the advice. I do want it to grow back thick and stringy so it looks like I'm on the right track.
     
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    You did fine, Now as they grow, don't let grow all the way up. After about a foot of new growth, just nip the top leaders to a uniform level. This will allow them to thicken up as they grow. do the same thing for every foot or so of growth. Privets are the fastest to grow.I grew -up and ran my family landscaping business for over 20 years. trust me you did fine.
     
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