Pruning Cedar Hedges

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Posted by Horticulture Guy - Peter Punzi | Posted in Outside U.S. Gardeners | Posted on 15-09-2006

Q. Hello I’ve just moved into a new home with amazing cedar hedging but I have never taken care of this type of tree before could you give me some tips on maintaining them I’ve been told they can take over can I trim them in September or will I shock them? Please help, thank you Charlotte – Abbotsford BC

A.  Cedar hedges can be pruned two times during the year.  The main pruning should take place in late spring/ early summer as soon as the new growth stops and begins to harden.  If you need additional pruning to keep it in check you can do it in late summer / early fall so September pruning is fine.  Cedars do not respond well to drastic pruning and will not look good if they are.