When is the best time to cut a hedge?
May 15, 2020

If you’ve just moved to a new property with a hedge or have recently had a hedge added to your garden, you might want to find out when to cut hedges, to ensure that they stay healthy and look their best. As hedges can be made from a number of different plant and shrub varieties, the type of hedge you have should also be factored in.

Generally, hedges tend to have two main growing phases (opens in a new tab) – first in spring and then in summer. It’s best to avoid cutting your hedge at these times.

When should I cut my hedge?

Late winter or very early spring is best time to cut your hedge. This avoids trimming the hedge during its peak growing season. Always try to cut a hedge back after the flowering season. Getting the timing right will ensure that when you do cut the hedge, the shape will remain visible for longer.

How often should you cut a hedge?

Formative pruning, on young hedges or when cutting a hedge back that is significantly overgrown or in bad condition, only needs to be done once in late winter or very early spring. However, maintenance hedge trimming, which can be done during spring and summer, should be carried out once a year up to a maximum of three times a year for very formal hedges.

How do I cut a hedge?

The type of hedge that you have in your garden will affect how much pruning it needs. For example, formal hedges require regular maintenance trimming whereas an informal hedge may only need cutting back in winter.

For an informal hedge, secateurs and loppers can be used to create a relaxed look and keep the plant healthy. However, for a formal hedge and clean-cut lines, a hedge trimmer is required. Hedge trimmers can be dangerous due to their sharp blades and unless you have a keen eye for detail and a steady hand, cutting a formal hedge is a skill that’s best left to the professionals.

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