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when to start pruning a Beech hedge


 
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John H
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:07 pm    Post subject: when to start pruning a Beech hedge Reply with quote

I planted a beech hedge about a year and a half ago and it is growing fairly well. I was wondering when do I start to prune it so it can start to thicken out a bit.

It had good growth this year but it all seems to be upwards.

Any advise would be appreciated
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

should have been pruned last year immediately after planting back down to about 15cms. (6 inches). In the Spring cut it back to the lowest down 3-4 buds so that you get several shoots coming from each shoot you cut back. You must prune a Beech hedge every year otherwise it will go it's natural way into a tree. Trim it back in the Spring in future as growth is starting.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

michael brenock wrote:
should have been pruned last year immediately after planting back down to about 15cms. (6 inches). In the Spring cut it back to the lowest down 3-4 buds so that you get several shoots coming from each shoot you cut back. You must prune a Beech hedge every year otherwise it will go it's natural way into a tree. Trim it back in the Spring in future as growth is starting.
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)


So would now be the best time to prune it? or when buds open?
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