Holly Bushes

Pruning Holly Bushes

Cheyenne added on November 5, 2011 | Answered

I have a male and female holly bushes. I live in southern Ontario. Both bushes appear very healthy. I would like to make the female bush fuller and thought pruning it might be the answer. When is the best time to prune?

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Answered on November 5, 2011

Holly bushes are usually pruned in winter. This article will help you with the basics: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/holly/trimming-holly-bushes-how-to-prune-holly-bushes.htm

Pruning is basically sculpting the plant. If you are aiming for a round shape, then start shaping them that way. If you need to remove more than a few inches to do this, you may want to take a little off this year and then do more next year, shaping the plants gradually. You should not cut away more than 1/3 in any one year.

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