pruning american holly

Asked April 25, 2015, 12:27 PM EDT

I have holly plants that form a hedge along my front walk and they are getting overgrown. Can I trim them back with electric or hand shears or do I need to use a pruning tool?


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2 Responses

Most sources would agree that using hedge shears and electric hedge trimmers are probably not the best tools to use in trimming your American Holly (ilex opaca). Hand pruners, pruning saw, or loppers are a much better choice. Best results come from cutting back to nodes. Take a look at the following links for more information:

Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs

Pruning Evergreens

Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrub

I hope this helps

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