When should I trim hedges?
Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall. When should you trim your hedges? The answer to this question depends on two factors:
- The type of hedge
- The condition of the hedge
You should always research the particular hedge you’re planning to trim. Some hedges need to be left alone most of the year, while others are hearty and able to withstand frequent trimming. Consider the hedge’s condition– is it in good health? Avoid trimming a plant that looks like it’s dying.
As a rule of thumb, most hedges do well when trimmed in the winter or early spring, prior to the first budding. There are several reasons why this is the best time of year for trimming:
- Reduced humidity – The cooler air and reduced humidity kill off many bacterial and microbial pests that could enter freshly cut leaves and branches.
- Fewer leaves – Fewer leaves means better visibility when trimming a hedge, allowing you to focus on problem areas. Plus, fewer leaves means reduced stress on the hedge, as less water is lost from cuts.
- Buds haven’t yet appeared – When a hedge has not yet produced buds, the energy that would have been focused on growing those buds can be transferred to areas for new growth. This is a great way to get a hedge to fill out.
Hedges – such as Boxwood, Texas privet, and Viburnum – are hearty plants that can survive more intense trimming. Begin by performing a deep trim in the late winter, followed by regular trims throughout the growing season. These robust growers are also the perfect choice for creative shaping!
Proper food is important throughout the growing season, use Milorganite every four to eight weeks year-round for maximum growth and vigor.