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When to trim a cedar hedge

Postby jazz » Aug 25, 2008 8:32 pm

When should a cedar hedge be trimmed. It is 8 feet high. Thanks Jazz
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Re: When to trim a cedar hedge

Postby sunkeeper » Aug 25, 2008 10:36 pm

This link might give you more insight on how and when to prune. Sunkeeper

http://www.richmondnursery.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=126&Itemid=30
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Re: When to trim a cedar hedge

Postby Lindamct » Aug 26, 2008 9:48 am

Jazz we always prune ours in September. I don't think it really matters when. I see others pruning at different times of the season. :)
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Re: When to trim a cedar hedge

Postby sunkeeper » Aug 26, 2008 3:24 pm

Hi Jazz,I would be careful in pruning your cedar hedge in the fall to late fall. It can promote new growth. It will not have time to protect a cut from freezing. The plants are preparing to become dormant. It is a good idea to avoid pruning within 6 weeks of frost. Sunkeeper
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Re: When to trim a cedar hedge

Postby orchidguy » Aug 26, 2008 10:19 pm

Hiya Jazz
The trimming or candling of evergreens in a northern climate should always be done in early spring. Pruning encourages new tender growth which might not withstand cold temperatures. Evergreens start to conserve their moisture when the temperature drops to avoid dehydration over the cold, winter months
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Re: When to trim a cedar hedge

Postby Jeannie » Aug 27, 2008 8:01 pm

If we're speaking of white cedar hedging, the clipping of them is done generally NOW....when the new growth has come its fullest.
White cedar, usually begun when bought at the 4 & 5 foot height, cut back some and left to grow.
It can be pl;anted in a staggered way so that each hedging plant fills in the space beside and behind and in front of.
In this way you get a good, compact hedge in short order.
Any spring pruning is done only to remove any dead or winterkilled part of the plant.
The best time is right after it has grown its fullest..July into August/September is the ideal time.
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