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Escallonia hedge reduction


We've been asked to reduce a well established Escallonia hedge. It's currently about 4 - 5 feet high and needs to come down by about 18 inches which would mean cutting into some quite thick,woody branches. Would it be OK to do this now do you think or should it wait until the spring?


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  • I think I'd do it now. Seen lots of shoots on ones round here recently and if you want it to shoot lower, you need to cut it really.

    • they are not the longest lived of shrubs to be fair and have had a few die off recently at a job i do

      • PRO

        I have being trimming back (quite hard) a pink one for the last three years always second week in September . There is never really much growth each visit as they are slow growing but it flowers really well so they tell me . 

        A reduction of 18 inches this time of year it should recover . 

        I tend to go over the woody stems to leave  nice clean cuts with secateurs after first trimming with a hedge trimmer i dont like the chewed ends the hedge trimmer leaves . 

  • PRO

    It would best be pruned after flowering late spring but if the client wants now it's fine but will look butt ugly till it reshoots in warmer weather 

  • PRO

     As long as it stays this sort of temp for a month or so you should be ok. If it goes down to frosted temps it may not recover well. We did one last year at around this time.....it died.....but that may have been due to its age

  • PRO

    Thanks for the replies everyone.I think we'll give it a go and hope for the best!

  • PRO

    Probably OK to prune but any recovery won't be until next year....

    There is a risk if the weather turns mild which will stimulate growth which might lead to dieback if subsequently frosty. If the weather stays cold then probably no issue.

    Let the client know the risks and then they can help with the decision making process! Always good to present optiions/scenarios.

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