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Trim box in April

Hi All, hope you are staying safe and well. A question please: I have mature low common box hedge and pyramids. I didn’t trim last year due to a mix of weather and a neighbour having an outbreak of Box blight. So it’s now looking very loose. Once the current bout of frost has passed, could I trim it this month (April) even if only lightly? All the books and websites say May of course but is there any risk bringing it forward and trimming again later in the season?
thanks
david

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  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 7,000
    I think you'll be ok if you're reasonably confident there'll be no frost for a few days after trimming. Maybe just do a light trim to tidy up the worst of it? Might also be worth protecting the more ornamental pyramids if an unexpected frost is threatened after trimming.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    I think the rule books have to go out the window sometimes, when conditions vary.
    I'd agree with @Topbird - take a judgement based on forecasts, and be ready with some protection if anything crops up before the new growth is sufficiently hardened off. 

    If  you only trim lightly, and there's more poor weather, at least you can do a further trim to remove any damage done. If you go too far, it makes that more difficult.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • PrologicaPrologica Posts: 10
    Thanks for your help girls!
    stay safe 
    David 
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,736
    Huh, do you know I saw this headline, and thought what on earth is a "trim box", der!!!
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