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Hello Kazz, please see your other thread.
I need to seriously retard the growth of my laurel hedge. I notice that ithas quite a bit of fruit on it. I know they are poisonous, but if some wildlife can make use of them I'm willing to delay the pruning. Are there any birds that use them in winter?
Birds do like the berries. We regularly have Black birds nesting in our laurel hedge.
According to http://laurelhedging.net/
"Hard pruning is best done in March due to the surge of growth in late April and May. This means new growth will follow very quickly."
March is not a good time to prune if the hedge is a regular nesting site for birds! The end of January at the very latest.