Trimming tips

It’s that time of year to be trimming hedges in order to keep them tidy and healthy. It’s important to get them cut before the first hard frost as this will allow them to recover before winter sets in. We’ve pulled together some tips from the team to help trim well!

First things first, have you got the right tools to trim? Depending on the type of hedge, you’ll need sharp hedge shears or an electric hedge trimmer. A hand pruner may also be useful for smaller branches.

Before you start trimming, take the time to check the hedge’s condition and shape. Identify areas that need more attention and decide on the desired shape you want to achieve. Trim the hedge in a slightly tapered shape, with the top narrower than the base. This shape allows sunlight to reach the lower branches, promoting even growth.

Once you’ve assessed the hedge, remove dead or diseased growth. Cut these back to healthy growth to encourage new growth in the spring.

While trimming, avoid cutting too much at once, especially if the hedge has grown significantly. Overly severe cuts can stress the plants and affect their health. You want to aim for a natural and slightly rounded or flat top, depending on the hedge’s type and how you want it to look.

Remember – safety first! Wear appropriate safety gear, including gloves and safety glasses, to protect yourself from cuts and debris.

Post-trim tips!

  • Clean up the trimmings promptly to prevent them from smothering the base of the hedge or attracting pests.
  • You can always apply a slow-release fertilizer to help the hedge recover and promote healthy growth. Water the hedge adequately to reduce stress and aid in recovery.
  • Monitor the hedge’s growth during the autumn and winter months in case of any issues and plan for spring maintenance.

By following these tips and taking care when doing your autumnal trim, you can help ensure a healthy hedge for the coming season.