Privet hedge

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  1. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    Bees love my privet hedge, but it is about 10 feet tall and getting out of hand. Does anyone know how severely you can prune privet? Mine seems to be blooming best on the top, which is the area I could not reach to trim back last year, so I don't want to destroy next year's blooms by pruning.
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    You can't destroy it with dynamite. Prune it all you want, cut it to the ground, dig it up. It will be back next year. In the south, it is planted in long rows, allowed to get about 3 to 4 feet, then trimmed weekly. It makes an impenetrable fence around the yard.
     

  3. LtlWilli

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    I have big privets, and you can cut them to suit yourself. They grow in my yard and wild out in the woods. The bees do seem to like the nectar. It's a tough plant to kill if you have a mind to. I'd recommend a bulldozer.
    LtlWilli
     
  4. Hobie

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    Thanks! Will have to try some aggressive pruning.
    I beg to differ on the "impenetrable," though. I have woodchucks living under mine. Argh!
     
  5. bamabww

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    Yeah, the bees don't care that it's considered an "invasive species."
     
  6. Iddee

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    When I say impenetrable, I mean like this.

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  7. Zulu

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    Cut one last year level with the ground. Intended to use stump killer but never got to it. Have a 3 ft bush this year again.

    Prune for best shape - cutting major branches back to the stem.
     
  8. G3farms

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    Zulu if you cut it to the ground again drill a couple of holes in the top of the stump and pour the weed killer to it. The hole will allow the killer to soak in and be carried to the roots.
     
  9. LtlWilli

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    Good point, G3. That way works like charm. I'd add that if an axe is handy, to mince up the stump a bit with it---helps penetration.
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  10. Zulu

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    I know. I just never got to it. Too many things going on.

    Actually looks good now as a small bush , may leave it a year or so. It has a large one either side. We cut it out to make the others shape up better.