Create and Care For a Lavender Hedge
Lavender plants are generally easy to care for. Learn how to create a fragrant and beautiful lavender hedge, and maintain it for years to come.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Prune Into Shape
To keep your lavender plants young, bushy and healthy, cut them back in late winter or early spring. Clean your tools thoroughly and spray them with a household disinfectant before you begin work. Then, using sharp shears, cut the stems back as close as possible to the old wood.
The Correct Cut
Take care not to cut into old brown wood, since the plants will not produce new shoots from this. Shear to a few healthy leaves above the brown stems, and work systematically along the hedge, keeping it as level as possible.
In late spring or early summer, the sheared plants will grow an abundance of side shoots to create a compact, bushy hedge. To keep it neat, cut it back again after flowering in late summer — remove all the old flowerheads to prevent the plants from putting their energy into making unwanted seed.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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