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Pruning of evergreen plants:
The evergreen plants used to produce hedges are generally very vigorous and have a continuous development throughout the year. To keep the hedge compact and elegant it is therefore important to intervene regularly with pruning, so as to conform the shrub on a regular basis. Some hedge plants produce blooms completely devoid of aesthetic value, for these plants the most vigorous prunings can occur in autumn or late winter, without distinction, and will be practiced trying to give a regular shape to the hedge. A pruning at the end of winter is always useful not only to give shape to the hedge, but also to favor the development of new shoots and to remove branches damaged by weather or cold. As for evergreen plants with decorative blooms, or berries, pruning will have to take place after flowering, so that you can enjoy the flowers and possibly keep some berries on the plant after flowering. Since the hedge plants are very vigorous other prunings will have to be done during the rest of the year; we avoid excessively hot and dry periods, but we intervene with regularity, shortening the branches that come out from the ideal shape of the hedge, and also those too weak or thin. During pruning, in addition to maintaining the shape of the hedge, it is also essential to remove the branches that grow excessively upwards, so as to favor instead a development of the shrub for the entire height of the hedge, and avoiding that it tends not to produce new ones. shoots in the lower part. During the pruning of late winter or spring we also remember to remove part of the branches that grow inward from the hedge, so as to favor the good ventilation and lighting also of the inner part of the hedge: in this way we will favor the development of new branches and a more compact hedge; moreover, good ventilation guarantees a healthy hedge without pests.