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reducing a lonicera hedge


By Bryony

United Kingdom Gb

I have been trying to reduce the width of an old lonicera hedge but I am finding that the shears won't go far into the old wood as it is too dense. Would electric hedge trimmers make the job easier- I was thinking of investing in some new ones? Also, how far can I cut into it so that it will still regrow?

Thanks for any tips.



You will find a short handled pair of loppers the best tool for the job. Cut into the hedge as much as half the length from the main stems, only do one side at a time.

19 Aug, 2009


Follow Dr. Bob's advice. and all should be well, it is one of the best shrubs for regrowth.

19 Aug, 2009


Lonicera tolerates a hard prune. It's a bit of a pest in some parts actually, so I wouldn't be fussy - I think you could remove about 40% of the growth safely.

19 Aug, 2009

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