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How can I thin a Privet hedge?


I have a long (30m) privet hedge running down the garden between me and next door. Over the years the hedge has become very thick and is taking up far too much width now. Is it possible to cut it right back to reduce the width by maybe a foot without killing it?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    You can be vicious.

    ours reached the phone wires years ago and wide in proportion to height. It's at a manageable 5 or 6 foot now. I think we should have taken it back further to thicken out the bottom foot.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    Yes it's possible, I've done it beforeimage. It will look awful at first but will grow back.  Helps to take some off the top at the same time. Remove any old dead wood and aim to keep it trimmed at a slope in future (wider at the bottom).

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 36,275

    It'll probably do it the world of good   image

    If you're really hacking it back a lot, a good tidy round the base afterwards, and a little feed, water and mulch will make it look great and give it a good start for the rest of the season. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 901

    Now is a very good time to do this work as it will start to regrow quickly.

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