Hedge trimming is about keeping your garden under control and knowing the best times to trim your hedge and how much of a trim they will take, is important if you want your garden to look great and if you don’t want to kill your hedge.
Different types of hedges need clipping at different types of the year and it depends whether you are looking for the perfect manicured bush or something less formal. A formal looking hedge will require time to keep it looking great, plan your hedge trimming into your annual calendar might be your best option.
If you inherit a hedge or you want to control one that’s been allowed to grow unchecked there are a few hedges that won’t take a hard prune, these include any Leyland hedge or a Lawson Cypress hedge.
If you are looking to drastically trim back a hedge, but at the same time keep the structure and security that a hedge can offer, it is a great idea to do one side at a time, leave a year between each side and then it will still protect your home but start to look better by the second year.
Hedge Trimming Tools
There are a number of different options open to you to cut your hedge and it will depend on your budget, and what you are intending to use. It is important to consider if you have access to power and this could make the choice easier, if you don’t want power cables across your working area then it is more practical to choose rechargeable or petrol trimming, unless you are opting for hand tools.
You must pick up the trimmers before you purchase, if they are heavy you will find it difficult to lift the machine as well as cut your hedge, choose a lighter model.
It will depend on the type of hedge that you have but this is normally a Box hedge and this needs trimming in August after it has finished growing and before it gets untidy.
The Privet hedge needs trimming in the spring around May time to get the best results.
It is great to tidy a beech hedge in August and then in the winter for any hard pruning. Don’t trim just before it bursts into leaf as this will affect the overall look of the hedge for the season.
Laurel’s make great hedges but if they grow unchecked, they can quickly take over and fill out any space. It is great to trim these in the spring before they put on any new growth during the summer months.
This is more typical for the edge of a field than found in a garden, it is really important that you realise that the flowering of this hedge is really early in the year, around May, so pruning around July and August is perfect.
It is important that you are careful when you trim your garden hedge and you must ensure that any birds nesting have finished and the chicks have learnt to fly before you cut into the hedge. It is illegal to disturb nesting birds, and it is therefore, important that if you are looking to take a substantial amount off from your hedge that you check first for nests.
Therefore, it depends on the type of hedge you have as to when you need to think about hedge trimming, include these dates in your monthly planner and you will always have a nicely trimmed hedge.