The Best Time to Prune Holly Bushes

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The Best Time to Prune Holly Bushes
Easily recognisable, holly bushes are known for their pointy leaves and red berries. (holly bush image by Sunshine Photos from Fotolia.com)

Although they are often associated with the Christmas season, holly bushes add beauty to any landscape all year round. Whether pruning holly into hedges or to maintain their shrublike shape, knowing how to prune your holly will make all the difference.

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Timing

Although several species of holly exist, most should be pruned in December, when bushes are dormant. Americanforests.org indicates that pruning during harsh winter conditions will cause purple spots to develop on leaves. Pruning during summer or soon after flowering will result in loss of berry production.

Method

Prune holly bushes by removing dead, diseased or excess growth. Begin from the inside branches and prune toward the outside branches. Cut just above younger buds or along the central branch.

Purpose

Properly pruning holly bushes encourages new growth by providing space for an abundance of thick foliage in the coming year. Prune to enhance shape and create a neat, clean appearance. Shape holly bushes into hedges that provide shade and privacy.

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