Episode #71 | Original Air Date: June 8, 2020
A common mistake in pruning hedges is shaping them into square edged boxes that eventually shade out lower branches, leaving a “see-through” hedge that is open at the bottom.
It’s best to prune a hedge so that the top is narrower than the bottom; allowing sunlight to reach all the plant's leaves and keep the hedge thick and full all the way to the ground.
Ideally, the purpose of hedge pruning is to gently guide growth, not constantly curtail it.
So, if you get to install a hedge from the start, select a plant that will grow to the appropriate size for your landscape and frequent pruning won’t be necessary.
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