Boxwood Shrubs

Pruning Boxwood Hedge

Dbrucelaw added on May 3, 2015 | Answered

I have a very old (30 years at least) boxwood hedge, which is spindly and unattractive. Can it be pruned and, if so, how or do I have to take it out?

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Answered on May 3, 2015

I would recommend that your boxwood shrubs undergo what is called a "renewal pruning" which is a multi-year pruning process which involves pruning it back in stages. Renewal pruning is described in detail here:

For more information on the care of boxwoods, please visit the following links:

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