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How do you prune an overgrown arborvitae?
Last Updated: 6th April, 2020
- Trim your overgrown arborvitae in the spring before new green growth appears, but after the last hard frost occurs in your region.
- Cut away dead, discolored or diseased foliage, plus twigs and small branches from the interior and perimeter of the tree or shrub.
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Besides, how far back can you trim arborvitae?
The best time for pruning arborvitae shrubs, generally speaking, is late winter or early spring. If you are using them in a hedge, you will perhaps want to shear them in late spring or early summer as well (keep the top of the hedge narrower than the bottom, so that the lower branches receive sufficient sunlight).
Also Know, how do you shape an arborvitae? Prune or shape your arborvitae during spring, after the threat of frost has passed.
- Examine your arborvitae tree and decide on a shape.
- Using hand shears, cut vertical growth branches, called leaders, leaving no more than three leaders per branch.
Keeping this in consideration, can I cut the top off an arborvitae?
Arborvitaes do not need to be topped. Pruning the top off an arborvitae halts vertical growth and creates a large, unsightly area lacking green needles.
Will arborvitae grow back after trimming?
On your arborvitae trees the upright shoots from the green parts of the horizontal branches will eventually grow out and up vertically to fill in the top open area of the arborvitae, but it will take several seasons to see . The cut-off top will not regrow.