Proper pruning is the key to growing a thick privet hedge. Pruning allows sunlight to reach the lower branches and the inside of the plant to encourage a thicker growth. With electric shears and lopping pruners, you can quickly and effectively prune your privet hedge.Continue Reading
Remove approximately half the growth since the last pruning. In addition to shaping with electric shears or scissor shears, use lopping pruners to remove some of the internal growth. Hedges tend to grow wider at the top, but you should trim them so they are wider at the bottom. This inverted "V" shape, with a flat top, allows sunlight to reach the lower branches, encouraging thicker growth.
Prune privet hedges four to five times during the growing season. Prune after the flowers form and again each month during the growing season.
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