Pruning

Boxwood can be pruned easily and has the ability to grow new shoots on old branches. To maintain trimmed forms and hedges you need to prune them twice a year. The first time should be done around late May or mid-June, after the first growth spurt. You can prune for a second time in September or October so the plants will look tight when winter comes. It is best to do it when the weather is cloudy to reduce the chance of burning the leaves. By cutting them you damage part of the leaves and these will turn brown. They will fall off after a couple of weeks when the plant is shooting up again.

When

To maintain trimmed shapes and hedges nice and tight you need to prune them twice a year.

  • first pruning around mid June, after the first growth spurt
  • second pruning in September/October

A drastic rejuvenation of an old hedge or trimmed shape is best carried out during winter. That way the plant can sprout early in the spring.

How

Boxwood shapes

It is best to prune boxwood shapes with pruning shears for hedges. Choose shears of a good quality so pruning stays enjoyable. It is also important to keep the blades razor-sharp.

Hedges and solid surfaces

Hedges and massifs should be pruned with electrical or motorised pruning shears. It is easier to keep a straight line with these. If the blades are kept sharp, the damage to the leaves is less than expected. These appliances also allow you to work a lot faster than with hand shears.

Tip

TIP: If you prune in wet weather your blades stay free of scaling, making it easier to cut. Cleaning the blades regularly with a wet sponge has the same effect and you can stay dry.