Oak Trees

What’s the best time of year to trim a Holm Oak hedge can it be done in November?

Zone Manchester,england | Anonymous added on September 17, 2019 | Answered

When can I trim my Holm Oak hedge and is there any time of year I should avoid doing it. Thanks

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Answered on September 17, 2019

If you are only doing some light shaping without removing a great deal of foliage, then it can be done any time. But for more extreme reduction of top and sides, I would wait until spring when new growth can cover the visual effects of radical shaping. But it's primarily an aesthetic issue. This tree is cold tolerant so I don't think the exposure of stems will risk frost damage, which is why with some plants it's best to leave the leaf cover to protect the woody stems over the winter.


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