Overgrown boxwoods... pruning advice, please

TXcathy7b8aJune 9, 2006

My son and his wife just moved. They have a row of boxwoods that are about 5 ft. tall, growing along the front porch. The goal is to be able to sit on the front porch and see something besides that wall of boxwood hedge. How hard can they prune these shrubs without killing them? Can they take them down to 3ft? This would leave the top of the hedge bare. Will boxwoods fill in with new growth? The boxwoods are at least 30 years old and are currently well shaped as a squared off hedge. The boxwoods are growing in an east exposure in Ft. Worth, Texas. Zone 7b/8a.

I appreciate any guidance you can give me because they asked me for advice and I don't know anything about boxwoods.



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vanhouttewim(Belgium z-ovl)

Hello Cathy,

yes they can bring them back to 3 feet , no problem.
do that when it's not to hot , it's better for the plants .
they will re -grow, but the more you cut-off , the longer it will take . it's better not to cut in the very old wood .
if my english was better , i could explain it better.
all the best ,

Wim , the boxwood collector

    Bookmark   June 10, 2006 at 6:09PM
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I am facing this problem myself. My own fault, I'm afraid; I've lived here 33 years and basically ignored them all that time. I was afraid that if I started to shear them immediately I'd be dealing with hollow interiors, so I chose to start trying to first thicken them up by removing selective branches from WITHIN, to let in light and air. After doing this off and on for two years I feel ready to do some major cutting back now; I am optimistic that it will work.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2006 at 10:35PM
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saypoint(6b CT)

Here's a pruning article

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   June 13, 2006 at 8:09AM
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