June Focus: Pruning Evergreen Hedges

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It’s June – so prune!  Here’s our tips for tackling a trim for three evergreen beauties.  Choose a dry frost-free overcast day (good luck!) and get poised to prune!  There’s a different regime for evergreen hedge pruning than for deciduous – so read on to find out more.

Pruning means cutting the youngest and thinnest branches to  determine how high and dense your hedge grows – and to encourage quicker growth rates overall.  We’ve chosen three of our most popular evergreen varieties – Yew, Box, Laurel.  There’s a different regime for evergreen hedge pruning than for deciduous (good job we’ve covered this here!).  Here’s tips for tackling a trim for these three evergreen beauties:

Yew Taxus baccata

YEW (Taxus baccata)

  • PRUNE: Best to tackle in the spring but not if temperatures are below -5 degrees
  • FLOWERS: March to April
  • GROWTH: Expect c. 20-40 cm per year
Box Buxus sempervirens

BOX (Buxus sempervirens)

  • PRUNE: Before September (watch out for brooding birds)
  • FLOWERS: March to May
  • GROWTH: About 10-15 cm per year
field maple

LAUREL (Prunus laurocerasus)

  • PRUNE: Ideally before June, but if you see strong growth, trim again in the autumn
  • FLOWERS: April to June
  • GROWTH: Approx. 40cm per year

What about deciduous hedge pruning? Find out more in our blog.

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