Clipping box hedges

davemeddavemed Northwich, CheshirePosts: 26
My late wife used to clip the box twice a year and I have forgot at what time of the year she did this.  Some have told me April and October others different months altogether.  What would you advise ?
Thank you.

Northwich, Cheshire.


  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 5,326
    I do my box "shapes" once a year, in early June, seems to work fine.
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  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Todmorden, West YorksPosts: 4,049
    Late May to mid-June, and September to October if a second tidy-up is needed.  If you are in a frost-prone area, I'd say June.   :)
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  • Freddies DadFreddies Dad LarbertPosts: 520
    Am glad everyone else said June as that is when I do it and a follow up in September/October.
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,853
    The old adage is to clip box before Derby Day - which is normally the beginning of June.
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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 694
    I've just started clipping my big box balls as it's been cloudy here today. Had to make an early start as quite a lot of dwarf hedges to do as well and the countdown to D Day has begun!  (NGS opening on 16th/17th June)  Oh help!!!
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 679
    Try and make sure you do it on a cloudy day like Lizzie has done - stops the box getting scorched. :)
  • davemeddavemed Northwich, CheshirePosts: 26
    Hello All,
    Thanks for the excellent advice, noted.
    I take cuttings on a regular basis and they take so easily.  Why do garden centres and D.I.Y centres charge so much for them ?  Cultivation is easy and they do grow pretty fast.
    Northwich, Cheshire.
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