Hedges will always be a part of our landscape in some way, shape or form. Hedges are popular and can create a beautiful formal look, especially for front yards. However, when pruned incorrectly they quickly become an eyesore. Improperly pruned hedges will show bare, leggy stems at the bottom with a heavy green cap. A properly pruned hedge is dense and green from the top to bottom with a uniform shape.
Generally plants must be sheared after the new growth has flushed, but before it hardens off. Normally, this is in late May or June, although some plants may flush growth again, requiring a second or third shearing. Remember to use sharp pruning shears to prevent tearing a plant’s stems.