Kia ora, gardening aficionados! Last time we discussed the risks of over-trimming your hedges. Today, we’re shifting gears to provide a comprehensive guide on how to trim hedges. So, grab your garden gloves and let’s dive in!
Step 1: Choose the Right Tools
Depending on the size and type of your hedges, you’ll need different tools. Hand shears are excellent for small and medium hedges, while powered hedge trimmers might be better for larger hedges. Make sure your tools are sharp and clean to ensure smooth cuts that won’t harm your plants.
Step 2: Choose the Right Time
As we’ve discussed before, late spring and late summer are generally the best times to trim most hedges. Avoid trimming during periods of extreme heat or cold to minimise plant stress.
Step 3: Start with Major Pruning
Major pruning should happen before the growing season. Trim the top and sides of the hedge to the desired height and width, ensuring the base is slightly wider than the top to allow sunlight to reach the lower branches.
Step 4: Regular Trimming
For most hedges, regular trimming should happen 2-3 times per year. Use your shears or trimmer to cut away new growth, maintaining the shape and size you established during major pruning.
Step 5: Clean Up
After trimming, clean up the clippings. Leaving them can invite pests and disease.
Remember, maintaining the perfect hedge requires understanding your specific hedge’s needs and growth patterns. If in doubt, it’s always best to consult a professional.
At Urban Tree Services, our highly qualified lead arborist has more than a decade of industry experience. We offer a hassle-free service that ensures your garden is looking its best without you needing to sweat it out.
So, if hedge trimming seems a bit daunting, or if you’re looking for expert advice to get the most out of your hedges, why not reach out to us? We pride ourselves on fair pricing, and work closely with you to deliver the best results for your garden.
Sit back, relax, and let us take care of your hedges. Contact Urban Tree Services today!