Below are some very simple, very easy to follow steps on how to trim a hedge properly. You really don’t need to look elsewhere. If you follow and stick to these tips they will help you from a to z
The first thing to bear in mind is that if you give your hedge the attention it needs, and it has been maintained, kept even, and cut into shape then you
will be left with a very beautiful and smart boundary
This is what you want to be aiming for, a good looking hedge, a healthy hedge, and a hedge that’s going to keep you happy.
On the other hand what you don’t want happening is a hedge which is all over the place. First of all this will put you off from your own garden as it will have lost its shape, but not only that it will start casting unwanted shade.
The solution is quite simple you see. Having an organised schedule will allow you to keep your hedge in shape and looking the part without you having to exert too much time into it. Honestly minimal effort yet maximum results.
Which tool to use
For a quick trim here and there or for quite a small hedge, hand shears will be fine especially if they are kept sharp.
Remember blunt shears are going to be a night mare.
However for longer hedges you will need an electric or battery or petrol-powered hedge trimmer.
I will discuss each one separately later on.
These tools will make life a lot easier for you and make sure you are not left with tired arms at the end of your hedge trimming session.
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Getting the season right.
The best time to start hedge trimming is in the spring. The reason for this is that if cut in Winter or at a time when there are extremely low temperatures the new cuts become exposed and may react badly. However, pruning times may vary depending on the type of the hedge.
Now on with the trimming.
When you start working
on your hedge go for the large branches first and then aim for finer pruning as this will make life a lot easier.
You want to start with the top. To get a flat top you should be able to cut by eye if the hedges haven’t grown too tall. If they have an easy solution is to use two stakes and a string.
When cutting you want to cut downwards making the top of the hedge narrower and keeping the base wider. This is so the bottom of the hedge is not prevented from the Sun and light that it needs.
Once the hedge has been cut, remove away all trimming. This will help with controlling any sort of fungal disease from spreading. Sometimes your plant will not be able to be protected from such diseases. If it does die or is considerably damaged and it is beyond saving then wait until Autumn and then replace the hedge plant.
Finally. Once you have your hedges cut they would need watering and mulching in order to keep them in the best condition.
Warning. Make sure no birds are nesting as it is an offence to damage or destroy their nests.
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