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#1 of 3 Old 01-28-2002, 08:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I planted a beautiful dentata lavender hedge on one side of the path up to my house a couple of years ago. One thing & another I never got around to pruning it. For a start they've never stopped flowering coz we live in a temperate climate. I hate cutting flowers off things too so that doesn't help either. Now they've gone quite woody so I really desperately need to do something with them. Can I cut them right back or is there a more precise art involved ?
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Yes you can cut them back. I am really unfamiliar with your climate. BUT I see no reason why you cannot cut it back.

A bit of advice, cut back your flowers. It makes MORE flowers. The best displays of flowers come only after a good pruning. Enjoy them, cut them and bring them in. You will be doing yourself and your garden a favor. Dont be afraid to use your shears. You will enjoy the flowers as much in as out.
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Our climate is very temperate & humid & never freezes where we are so my dentatas just flower all year round. I gave them the chop a few days ago. They look real pathetic now I used to have this massive hedge & now I got a whole heap of lavender stumps. I got a whole compost heap full of lavender. I really should have done it on the solstice since you're supposed to burn lavender then & it would've smelt divine. I looked again today & they've got little bits sprouting already so I should be OK. I'll just make sure I keep them properly pruned from now on.
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