Cypresses are popular hedge plants. They are green all year round, robust and hardy. Their unique appearance gives your garden something extra.
If you plant cypresses in the garden as a hedge, it is important to prune them. It is important that you prune them at an angle, otherwise the underside will not get any sunlight and will not grow or even discolour.
Cypresses cannot be pruned back to the old wood; if this happens, the hedge should be replaced. This is because cypresses produce new shoots from old wood, which gives the hedge its dense structure.
When should I prune my cypress hedge?
The best time to prune your cypress hedge is in late spring or early summer. This is when the new growth appears. You can give the hedge a light trimming in autumn if necessary.
How should I prune my cypress hedge?
When you are ready to prune your cypress hedge, start by trimming the sides. Cut at an angle so that the top is narrower than the bottom. This will ensure that all parts of the hedge get enough sunlight.
Then cut the top of the hedge. Again, make sure that the cuts are at an angle. You can make the top of the hedge as wide or as narrow as you like. Just remember that if you make it too narrow, the light will not be able to reach the bottom and the hedge will become thin and spindly.
Once you have finished trimming, it is important to remove any dead or damaged branches. This will promote growth and ensure that your hedge stays healthy.
Cypresses are easy to care for and make excellent hedges. With a little bit of attention, you can keep them looking great all year round.