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How to Trim Shrubs and Prune Hedges - Do It Yourself

Hedges tell a lot about your home and can add a lot of personality to your home as well, however, every season they will need to be maintained. There are two forms of hedging which is informal and formal hedging. Informal hedging gives your shrubs a natural look, while formal edging requires straight lines, angles and and curves. For any pruning project you will need: pruners, loppers and sheers. Not only does pruning keep a plant healthy, but by removing dead limbs you can prevent other limbs from dying, and increasing the life span of your plant. The best time of the season to prune a shrub or hedge will depend on the type of plant. If the plant buds in the early spring, late summer is when pruning should occur. If the plant blooms late spring, fall or winter will suffice. For non-flowering hedges, prune in the fall or winter as well. Some common misconceptions of hedges should be avoided. Every cut encourages new growth, so never cut just the top of the hedge, it will create a thicker head, and therefore will kill the branches near the bottom who aren't receiving sunlight. Also make sure the sides of each shrub are vertical so that every part of the shrub can get sunlight. Informal hedging is simple. Cut dead limbs at base of plant, and you are done. If the head of a shrub looks thick, cut out extra limbs so that sunlight can penetrate the plant. For formal hedging you may need more supplies such as, hedge sheers, steaks, string, hammer, square and a tape measure. Remove dead limbs. Use steaks and string to create a even lines so you can run pruners across the sides and top. Typically, boxwood or holly are the only shrubs can take on geometric looks. Simple pruning techniques make hedges look great. For more helpful tips and videos, visit Subscribe to Lowe's YouTube for great how to videos and home improvement tips: Or head to our channel:
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