Hedges, like other plants also require a certain amount of maintenance to look their best. Since hedges are often made out of a variety of plantings, it makes sense that their pruning times vary. Pruning hedges is not just done to slow down and shape growth. Pruning, when done properly, allows for maximum light, moisture, and actually stimulates the hedging.
In our local area, hedges exist as screens and for visual landscaping appeal. A “screen” creates a visual barrier, and some even have thorns. Now, that’s a deterrent! Hawthorn and American Holly are commonly used to create privacy screens. Hedges can be shaped into the typically box-look, while many shrubs and trees can be shaped by shearing like the Virginia Sweetspire or Southern Bayberry.