Privet hedge help

Hello - we have over trimmed our privet hedge and would like it to grow upwards. There are now lots of thick, woody stumps at the top and I am not clear about how it can grow upwards thickly. How much upward growth can i expect per year?

If you are able to help, i'd be most grateful. 

Paul

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 7,835

    Privet is pretty bomb-proof when it comes to pruning.  It will soon sprout new shoots, even directly from the thick wood.  An old gardening saying is 'growth follows the knife' meaning pruning actually encourages strong growth so don't worry as it will grow rapidly now but probably not until the spring.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Verdun says:

    Misterpf,

    can you post a picture?  If you have those "thick woody stumps at the top" you might want to cut even lower.   it is possible that growth will come from those top stumps so a lower cut will produce lower dense growth.  Regardless, new shoots will emerge in spring.     image

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  • misterpf says:
    Verdun says:

    Misterpf,

    can you post a picture?  If you have those "thick woody stumps at the top" you might want to cut even lower.   it is possible that growth will come from those top stumps so a lower cut will produce lower dense growth.  Regardless, new shoots will emerge in spring.     image

    See original post

     

    See original post

     Thank you for your reply. Have I misunderstood you? I do want growth because the hedge is slightly lower (by a foot or 18 inches) than I had wanted it to be So I am really looking for whatever will promote the best upward growth. I can post a photo tomorrow. 

    Many thanks

    paul

  • Hello, here is the hedge in question, about a foot and a half shorter than I'd like it to be. 

    image

  • PS sorry i wasn't able to change the orientation ! I tried twice and failed both times. 

  • Oh thank you. So you think it could grow a foot next year?

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