Trimming forsythia -- when and how much?

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Old 01-15-12, 10:58 AM
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Trimming forsythia -- when and how much?

I live in NJ and have a LOT of old-growth forsythia lining my property. They are all quite tall. In late October, we had a large (8") snowfall of heavy, wet snow that weighed down a lot of the branches. NONE of them have perked up after the snow disappeared. I'd like to trim back the branches that have bent towards the ground, as they are blocking access to the back of my house. When is it safe to do this without hurting the plants, and how should I proceed?
 
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Old 01-15-12, 11:58 AM
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I'm not an expert but from what I've seen of the forsythias in the south - you'd have to try pretty hard to hurt them. I wouldn't have any qualms about trimming them, especially if they are in the way.
 
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hackwriter - As Mark alluded you pretty much have to use C4 to hurt a forsythia. Cut them back as far as you want, whenever you want. They'll be back in the spring.

For me forthysia's look better when they are constantly pruned and kept under control.
 
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So what method did you try to trim your forsythia?
 
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Old 08-05-12, 09:15 AM
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I hired my lawn guy to trim them. :-)
 
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Old 08-05-12, 10:41 AM
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That's good, because I would have given you my "how do you trim crepe myrtle" method...........with a backhoe!!
 
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