Trimming your cedars isn’t always easy. Improper techniques and grungy tools can seriously harm hedges. So, it is important to get a handle on what to do before you reach for those trimmers. Done right, you will not only create fuller, sturdier hedges, but also boost curb appeal, shaping your cedars to perfection.
Want to keep your hedges healthy, happy, and looking great in BC? Here’s our take on how to properly prune your cedars like a pro.
When to prune your cedar hedges
In our last post, we discussed the optimal time of year to prune your hedges. In case you missed it, here’s a quick breakdown.
Many folks tend to get trimming times wrong. Bottom line? Skip the spring and fall. For that super springtime sprout, hold off on trimming until the summer—think the end of July and the beginning of August. You’ll end up with twice the growth, making for some majorly lush hedges.
How to trim those cedars
So, now that you know when let’s dive into how. When it comes to trimming hedges, keep in mind, it’s all about the sunlight. Avoid shaping your cedars in a straight or box-like formation. Instead, prune them so that the top is thinner than the base. That way, sunlight can reach the entire hedge, keeping your cedars healthy and green.
How much to trim off
So, just how much do you need to trim off your cedar hedges? Surprisingly, only a small amount. If you are after a big, blossoming hedge, 1/2” will do the trick. Pruning off the tiny tips from the branches helps promote growth—but don’t overdo it. Uncontrolled trimming or cutting too deep can cause serious damage to your cedars.
Tool cleaning care
Did you know that your trimming tools can transmit disease? When you cut into infected foliage, you run the risk of spreading the disease to healthy branches. So, be sure to disinfect your tools after removing contaminated areas. To do this, you can use rubbing alcohol or some chlorine bleach to properly clean your trimming equipment. Also, ensure ample time for your tools to dry before you begin pruning.
Pruning your cedars is one of the most important things you can do to stimulate the growth of new branches and keep your cedars strong. With these handy tips, you will have vibrant and healthy hedges, virtually free of infectious disease and intrusive insects.
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