Prune a 8 foot tall privot hedge down an back 12 inches.


We have a eight foot tall privot hedge surrounding our back yard. It is trimmed several times a season but needs to be pushed back a bit and down about a foot.

Can I safely take a foot offfhe top and off one side of the hedge? It is about 6 feet thick.


Thank you for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners.

Privet hedges (Ligustrum spp.) are very tolerant of pruning. Cutting off old growth and allowing new growth to fill in any gaps creates a healthy looking hedge. I have attached an answer from our library below that discusses pruning of Privets and optimal timing for the best results.

Privet Hedge Renewal Pruning Timing