?cutting a boxwood hedge?


Old 05-19-02, 02:15 PM
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?cutting a boxwood hedge?

I have a well established boxwood hedge I need to cut/trim in order to see out of my driveway. Any suggestions on how? Regular trimmers don't seem to cut low enough.


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Old 05-19-02, 03:27 PM
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Pruning a boxwood hedge

I always prune using a combination of my hand held loppers and my little pruners. Boxwoods tend to produce their dense growth on the tips of the branches, blocking light to the interior of the plant. Thus, when you part the branches and look inside you don't see any greenery. It is beneficial to keep boxwoods thinned so light and air can reach the interior of the plant, reducing opportunities for fungus and disease to become established. If you are going to prune the length of the hedge, stretching a string on stakes will help you keep all the hedge at the same height. You just cut down to the string as you move along the length of the hedge. Watch out for wasps when pruning.

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