KC Gardens

Holly bush pruning


We have old (35 yrs) holly bushes all across the front (northeast) of our house that have been regularly trimmed. I had to trim a few dead areas out after the drought. What are your recommendations for when and how to prune them to improve their shape and keep rejuvenate them? Also, since there is not much direct rain on the northeast side, I use a soaker hose in very hot dry weather. Is that the right thing to do? Thank you! - Janean -


  1. 1 year ago

    Wow, that is some really old holly. The easiest - yes continue to water as needed as holly perfer more even moisture. Your watering last summer probably saved the plants.

    As for pruning are you shearing or hand pruning? I prefer to hand prune holly and just remove the old overgrown plant. So it is more of a nip and tuck here and there. The goal is to keep the natural look but in control. Some really old stems can be cut out of the plant to allow new shoots to develop. Hope that helps. Dennis - Johnson County Extension

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