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BrianL 11-24-2006 04:29 PM

Holly bushes - when to trim
 
Hello All,

I have the holly bushes that look like boxwood (small oval leaves, come to slight point), very overgrown. I need to take about 1/3 of the height off. THe lower branches are getting kinda woody with little foliage. How much and when can I trim these back?

Thanks!

--Brian

cccrickets77 11-25-2006 08:33 AM

I need to know too. I have lots of holly overgrown bushes.

oddjob 12-01-2006 10:22 PM

Holly is usually pruned in the winter and the cuttings used for Christmas decor:santa:

EZ Rider 12-31-2006 09:04 PM

Like OddJob said. Winter is best when the plant isn't actively growing. You may want to trim it back a little at a time though. Removing too much foilage at one time could cause it to die--not to mention making it very unattractive.

My son and I have a part-time lawncare service and one of our clients wanted one trimmed. That was the advice I got from doing an online search for 'pruning holly bushes', and from talking to nurseries.

Dave

Basic_Homeowner 04-24-2007 02:40 PM

early spring and late fall
 
to take that much off, you may need to do a little at a time each spring and fall for about 2 years. trim with a effort toward thinning out the tops to allow light to the lower branches. as the lower branches get the sun it will start to produce leaves and lose its woody look, then, the next trim season do a little more. when the lower branches are healthy enough, you'll be able to size it how you like. enjoy!


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