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I have an elderly overgrown privet hedge, when would be the best time to hard prune it?



As soon as you are sure there are no birds nesting in it. I chopped mine down last October (when I bought this house) from over 9ft down to about 18in height and then down to under a foot at Easter. It's now a reasonable 2 ft of new growth. Intention is to keep it like that until it comes out to make way for iron railings.

27 Aug, 2014


2 weeks ago OH reduced ours by 3-4 ft in height as the nesting birds have flown the nest.

27 Aug, 2014


Just seen Monty Don's gardeners world who said you shoud hard prune in winter.

28 Aug, 2014

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