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When should you prune cedar hedges?

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Cedar hedges are best pruned back in stages beginning in late autumn or early winter. In the spring, prune again when the new growth is just starting.

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When should you prune cedar hedges?
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Cedar hedges can be tricky to prune. Pruning below the green growth can result in the branch never sprouting again. Prune away dead, damaged branches using a sharp pruning shear, saw or lopper. Prune branches that are larger than 1.5 inches thick using a chainsaw, hacksaw or a wood saw. Prune above the branch collar, the bumpy area at the junction of a branch, at a 45-degree angle. The angle prevents fungus and disease by allowing rainwater to better slide off.

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