Cutting back a privet hedge

Cutting back a privet hedge

Postby philj » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:46 am

Is it OK to cut back and shape the face of an overgrown privet hedge at this time of the year.

Other sites all seem to give different responses like any time between spring and autumn, spring only and others suggest that privet is tough enough to cut back at any time.
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Postby Treeman » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:50 am

It would have been better a couple of weeks earlier so that you get some new foliage before the winter but now is OK.

Privet is a bit of a cockroach (hard to kill) so as far as the plant goes, anytime goes. You should avoid anything but a surface trim during nesting time because disturbing nesting birds is an offence.
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Postby appledore » Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:25 pm

We cut our privet hedge about this time every year, and it does fine. It does look a bit thin through the winter, but it soon thickens up again.
Keep calm and carry on.
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