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Your Guide to Perfectly Trimmed Hedges

Hedges are a beautiful addition to any garden or landscape, providing privacy, structure, and aesthetic appeal. However, to keep them looking their best, regular maintenance is essential. Hedge cutting and trimming play a crucial role in maintaining the health and appearance of your hedges. In this blog, we'll explore the basics of hedge care and share some tips on how to keep your hedges in top shape.
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  1. Choose the Right Time
    Timing is everything when it comes to hedge cutting and trimming. The best time for this task depends on the type of hedge you have. Generally, early spring and late summer are suitable times for most hedges. However, it’s essential to research the specific needs of your hedge variety, as some may require different pruning schedules.
  2. Gather the Right Tools
    Before you begin, make sure you have the proper tools for the job. A good pair of sharp hedge shears or an electric hedge trimmer will make the process more manageable and produce cleaner cuts. Additionally, safety gear such as gloves and protective eyewear is essential to prevent accidents.
  3. Start with a Plan
    Don’t dive into hedge cutting without a clear plan. Decide on the shape and size you want to maintain. Mark the areas you want to trim and establish guidelines for yourself. This will help ensure that your hedge cutting is even and symmetrical.
  4. Basic Hedge Cutting Techniques
    When you’re ready to start, follow these basic hedge cutting techniques:
    Top Trimming: Begin by trimming the top of the hedge to your desired height. Use a string line or a level to maintain a straight and even top.
    Side Trimming: Move on to the sides of the hedge, working from the top down. Keep the shears or trimmer level and try to follow the natural shape of the hedge as closely as possible.
    Angled Cuts: To allow light to reach the lower branches and promote healthy growth, angle the cuts slightly inward. This will prevent the top from shading the lower portions of the hedge
  5. Maintenance Tips
    Regular maintenance is key to keeping your hedges healthy and attractive. Here are some additional tips:
    Remove Dead or Diseased Branches: Inspect your hedge while cutting and remove any dead or diseased branches to prevent the spread of problems.
    Clean Up Debris: After trimming, be sure to clean up all the trimmings and dispose of them properly. Leaving debris can invite pests and disease.
    Fertilise and Water: Give your hedges the nutrients they need by fertilising and watering as necessary. This will help them recover from the stress of trimming.
  6. Seek Professional Help When Needed
    For larger hedges or if you’re uncertain about the best approach, it’s wise to consult with a professional landscaper or arborist.

This is where Above All Tree Care can assist, give us a call on 07919 147565 and we can offer expert advice and ensure your hedges receive the care they deserve.

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