One Little Change: Hedge Trimming

Pruning Hedges Straight Up and Down Causes Thinning at the Base

Prune shrubs so they are wider at the base.

Have you noticed that many hedges, as they age, tend to become sparse at the base?  Some maintenance professionals tend to prune the sides of hedges straight up and down.   Sunlight doesn’t reach the lower branches and foliage as well, which causes unsightly thinning. We recommend that you prune hedges slightly wider at the base than at the top in order to avoid this.  It doesn’t have to be a major taper, but can make a huge difference in the appearance and longevity of shrubs in the landscape.


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