If, like many of us, you’ve had a lot of time to spend in the garden recently, you may have not got round to cutting your hedges – also known as pruning or trimming. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a beginner making do without any hedge services from your tree care company – so in this blog, we look at some ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ when it comes to pruning and trimming your garden hedges helping you avoid these errors if you can!
Choosing the wrong time
When to cut hedges? Ideally aim to prune your hedges in late winter. This is typically the time when plants are dormant.
When undertaking work on garden hedges it is essential to check for nesting birds, it is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to damage or destroy a nest of any kind while it is in use or being built. Nesting season is usually considered to run from March to August.
With Conifer hedges, trimming later in the season can encourage bare patches, so cut earlier in the season but only after checking for nesting birds.
Pruning before trimming
Hand pruning is essentially a more accurate version of hedge trimming. New hedges require formative pruning for their first couple of years after planting. Formative pruning is usually carried out in winter or early spring.
Maintaining oversized shrubs
Some shrubs will typically be too tall or wide for their space. In these cases, your hedge can become unmanageable. It is important to choose plants which are suitable for a hedge, for example Privet, Laurel or Yew as they can tolerate regular pruning or trimming.
Those are some quickfire pointers on the errors to avoid when cutting back overgrown hedges. Need some assistance? Contact our team today for a free no obligation quotation.