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Hornbeam hedging - when to prune newly planted trees


 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:00 am    Post subject: Hornbeam hedging - when to prune newly planted trees Reply with quote

Hi I planted alot of hornbeam bare root hedging at Easter -size 60-90cm and alot of them are showing buds or flowering already.

question is I know some recommend triming back a 1/3 at planting and others sat after first year to encourage bushy growth at bottom.

should I wait until after summer to prune the trees or should I do it now when they are buding/flowering?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Hornbeam hedging - when to prune newly planted trees Reply with quote

bro wrote:
a lot of them are showing buds or flowering already.


Their sap is moving now so you could damage them by pruning. Leave topping them until they loose leaves completly in winter.

bro wrote:

I know some recommend triming back a 1/3 at planting


In your case a 1/3 in winter will do.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks blackbird, I will leave it until winter time then.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bro, as a matter of interest, where did you pick these plants up, and how much did you pay for the size?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was from a small nursery in Derry .

Price £0.47GBP each for 60-90cm size
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