Rather than Pruning privet hedges, you carve the privet hedge with an electric trimmer.
However, you will find a recommended time of the year to start your hedge-pruning regimen, based on the age of the privet plants. Late Winter to Early Spring. Young privet need pruning from the start to grow full and for a healthier plant down the road.
Pruning Privet Hedge Back. By: Sandy Feather ©2008 Penn State Extension.
I often come across privet hedges with bald tops, Laurels with brown and shattered leaves or the ubiquitous cypress hedge with brown or bare patches.
All are deciduous shrubs, losing their leaves in winter. Privet grows 4 to 15 feet tall with a spread of 4 to 8 feet if left uncut, or it can be shaped into a formal hedge of whatever size you desire.
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. However, privet is very tolerant of pruning, and can also be trimmed in mid and late summer with no ill effects.
General Pruning Guidelines. When training a young Japanese privet into a hedge or tree, make the major pruning cuts in late winter while the plants are still dormant.
Watch this video from This Old House to learn how to prune a privet hedge. Steps: 1 Use loppers to remove one-third of the older stems, so sunlight can penetrate the hedge's interior.
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. Should I just wait until late winter/early spring to prune it or do you think it'd be...
Privet hedges (Ligustrum shrubs) are traditional favorites, being amenable to pruning.