Privet Hedge Cutting Worries
I've trimmed many privet hedges but have been asked to lower one down from 8ft to 4ft high.
The problem is that the hedge is one magnificent specimen at the front of two large semi-detached house and the is likely 50+ years old. But one one side, regrettably has to be lowered by a half.
I have lowered the top off the customer's hedge as a test measure on a taper ad it appears to be double-planted i.e. a row of privet in front and a row behind. The upper 'crowns of the stems ' i.e. those that produce the foliage are at least 6ft tall.
I know privet is as tough as hell but blitzing them well below the crown/foliage production point leaves me kind of apprehensive.The hedge will should recover... but will it? And how long do you think it will take to green-up on top?
PLEASE... answers from from people who have carried out such privet invasiveness before would be most appreciated.