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Cutting back lawsoniana hedge

I have recently moved into a property that has a 5' thick 9' high lawsoniana hedge that clearly hasn't been cut for quite some time. There is a new flower border just in front of it and the hedge keeps off the morning sun.

I want to cut the hedge right back to 5' hight and 3' width. Will it survive and sprout out again or would this kill it.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,053

    don't go into old brown growth. It's highly unlikely to re-shoot.

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,396

    If you cut back to bare branches, as Hostafan1 says, it will not re shoot. You can safely cut off the top quite severely but not the sides; just trim them.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • OK, that's what I feared.

    Many thanks for your advice.

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