11th April 2016

Hedges

We provide a complete service for all your hedge work

  • Trimming
  • Re-shaping
  • Reduction
  • Removal
  • Re-planting

In our experience the most important aspect of hedge cutting is timing; different species of hedge plants require trimming at differing times of the year.

New hedges require formative pruning for their first couple of years after planting. Formative pruning is usually carried out in winter or spring.

After this, maintenance trimming is carried out, usually once a year for informal hedges and twice a year for formal hedges. Some formal hedges may need three cuts a year. Maintenance trimming is generally carried out between spring and summer

Formal hedges should be slightly tapered on both sides so that the base is wider than the top and light can reach the bottom of the hedge. This is known as cutting the hedge to a batter.

When undertaking work on garden hedges we always check that there are no birds nesting, as it is an offence under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built.