So we, like a lot of others, have a golden privet hedge that is thickly grown in at the top and pretty sparse and "holey" in the middle/bottom.
It is a well established hedge, the woody stalks at the truck are upwards of 2" in diameter.
I've read online (here and elsewhere) that these suckers are pretty tough. E.g. I can shear them down to where it starts getting thin and they'll grow back.
Is it too late to prune them back as drastically as 50% this late in the fall?
Should I try to maintain the recommended "A" shape (narrower at the top than the bottom)
Can I simply just use an electric hedge trimmer?
Thanks in advance.