How do I maintain the shape of my hedge?
In the first year after planting, little to no pruning is necessary. The most important thing is to irrigate your hedges so they can become established. Subsequent years can require 1-2 trims, depending on which hedge variety was planted and the desired size to maintain. For example, a vigorous-growing hedge like English Laurel will need to be pruned once in the spring and once in the fall to keep it as a 10-foot hedge for years to come, while an Emerald Green Arborvitae may only need a light tip here and there to keep it uniform. More details about pruning can be found in our pruning guide.