trimming sage bushes

Asked February 25, 2013, 12:51 PM EST

i have several sage bushes that have out grown the space i have for them. will it kill them to trim the back and will the fill back in or just look thin and short.

Kaufman County Texas

1 Response

I am assuming you have Salvia leucantha, or Mexican bush sage.It is advisable to prune it back in early summer to promote bushy growth. In early winter if it has frost damage, cut it to about six inches tall and cover with mulch or pine straw. Uncover in spring after the last threat of frost, and it will put out new shoots.Give it room as it grows up to five feet tall and can spread four feet across.