Hi, have a large beech hedge at front of my house :
Have given it a light trim each year at end of August and then keeps its leaves over winter.
Problem is over years it is growing out over pavement a little each year and now starting to block it.
As a test in January I gave one corner a hard trim back and it has mainly come back to live but not quite complete leave coverage, wandered if this will recover next year.
Main question is at some point need to trim it very hard back on the pavement edge along its length - when would I be best to do this ? If I did it in August when usually trim will leave no leaves for winter which isn't ideal. Is January the best time to do it ?
I am guessing that early spring would be best. One of the beech hedges here had to be lowered and they were tree trunks my son had to cut. It did not look too good all winter, but now you would not know it had been so drastically cut. Pruning what you want in early spring or late winter lets the leaves grow to the light.
I would stick with the August cutting. The decision you have to make is, do you want the leaves overwinter or the hedge cut hard back. If cut hard back, the odds are you will get foliage next year anyway. Personally, I would NOT cut in January.
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