Cutting Hollies In The Winter

Q: My hollies have gotten too tall. I want to cut them two feet lower so I can paint the house. The landscape company I contacted said it might harm them if I didn’t wait till spring. What is your opinion? 

A: Pruning in November is not great for the shrubs’ health. It will retard winter cold-hardiness plus you will be looking at ugly bare sticks until spring. Can you remove the bare minimum of shrubbery to get the painting done and do the major pruning in March?

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