How to prune a privet hedge
Pruning hedges regularly ensures your privet remains healthy and looks great all year round, whilst also stimulating root growth. Here are four easy to follow steps and pruning tips for successful pruning:
1. Select the branches you want to remove
Start by assessing any dead, diseased or damaged branches. Then decide which branches need to be removed in order to create the desired shape and size of your privet hedge.
Start with the lower branches and longest stems and be mindful of wildlife and any nesting birds that may be present before pruning privet hedges.
2. Cut away any dead or diseased wood
Using sharp, clean pruning shears, remove any dead branches or diseased wood. This will help to keep your privet hedge healthy by keeping diseases or pests from spreading.
3. Cut back overgrown branches
Carefully prune back overgrown branches to create your desired shape and size. Make sure not to cut too far or it could damage the privet hedge.
4. Trim sides evenly and cut to shape
Stems should be cut at a 45 degree angle, just above a leaf bud. Start at the top of your privet hedge and gradually work down, trimming the sides so that they are even and creating the desired shape.
Following these steps will help ensure that your privet hedge is properly pruned, allowing it to look its best while staying strong and healthy.