Talkback: Will privet cope with hard pruning?
Yes, I had a leggy 3m tall, 2m wide hedge at the front of my house. In September, I cut it back hard to a neat shape, significantly reducing its height and width. I found a number of beer and wine bottles as well as glasses and a pile of rubbish in the hedge so I was glad I did it! The following spring it soon sprouted shoots and had a lot of growth. The next year it developed a nice dense leaf cover. I have to prune it 3 times a year now, but I'm very happy with the result.
Yes. ours was getting caught in the telephone wires. Looks like a hedge now
In the sticks near Peterborough