There are many pruning activities that are require the whole year round with new deciduous hedges being pruned in the winter, new evergreen hedges in the spring and established hedges all the year round to keep them looking good.
So, when do you prune hedges? The following is a guide to the most common hedges in the garden and is a guide. For a more accurate timescale there are many arborist websites so please view our links page for our recommendations.
Timing of pruning should take into account the potential for nesting birds however, in general these are the optimum timings for pruning hedges in your garden:
Formative pruning is carried out in the winter and just after planting and for the first two years after planting. Maintenance pruning is carried out in the summer months.
Formative pruning is carried out in the spring after the planting and for the first two years after planting. Maintenance pruning is undertaken in the following summers.
Trimming Guide For Common Hedging Shrubs
Box Hedging: Twice or three times during growing season
Holly: Once in late summer
Privet: Twice or three times during growing season
Lonicera: Twice or three times in growing season
Lawson cypress: Twice in the spring and the summer.
Leyland cypress: Twice or three times in the growing season.
Yew: Prune twice in summer and the autumn.
Hornbeam: Once in mid- to late summer.
Hawthorn: Twice in the summer and autumn.
Beech: Once in late summer.
Lavender: Immediately after flowering.
Forsythia: After flowering and remove some of the older stems.
Fuchsia: In spring remove the older stems.