Pruning Privet Hedges Back. By: Sandy Feather ©2008 Penn State Extension. Q. I have a small, very old, privet hedge that needs to be renovated by cutting it back severely.
Once established, an informal privet hedge -- one where individual shrubs keep their natural shape -- is pruned after the plant's fragrant white flowers bloom in mid-spring.
How to prune a privet hedge. When it comes to pruning privet, forget about the niceties of picking which stem to cut and which to leave.
According to Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, the best time to prune a privet hedge is in late winter, when the plant is still dormant.
Established hedges are pruned after they flower in mid-spring. Formal privet hedges may be pruned continually from early spring to late summer.
Privet hedges (Ligustrum shrubs) are traditional favorites, being amenable to pruning. But these bushes are invasive plants in North America.
Prune an Overgrown Privet Hedge with John. We'll go through the privet hedge pruning process step by step so you'll be ready to tackle your own.
Privet Hedges - Pruning Varieties and maintenance. Privet Hedges or ligustrum hedges are one of the easiest to care for prune and one of the most common forms of hedging available.
Prune your privet hedge annually in the early fall to control its size and shape or to remove any discolored, damaged or dead branches or foliage.
I am tempted to give my privet hedge one last pruning before fall sets in (zone 5). However, I am concerned about new growth being exposed to the coming cold.