Hedges: Pruning Thuja Occidentalis Pyramidalis

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  1. noonataq

    noonataq Member

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    It is October 10th. I have a hedge of Thuja Occidentalis Pyramidalis on central Vancouver Island. The individual plants range from 8 to 10 feet high. I would like to level the top of the hedge to 8 feet. Can I trim the hedge plants down by up to two feet this month or must I wait until the hedge goes dormant - or what? We haven't experienced frost yet in this area and may not until November.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yes, should be OK. Just don't cut back so hard that you cut into old (brown) wood - it will only regrow from green shoots, and any patches cut back into brown will remain bald indefinitely.
     
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    Thanks Michael. I will get at it.
     

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