We all know that a good-looking hedges can be the pride of the neighborhood. Your garden hedge will also provide privacy and shade. In this article we will tell you how to cut and trim your hedge properly.
You should know that the best time for hedge trimming is almost always during spring. Although there are some hedge variations that may withstand cold and frost, most hedges will react poorly to having new cuts exposed to low temperatures. You can fine-trim your hedges as mush as you want during summer. Periodically snipping outgrowth during the growing cycle will encourage growth and make your hedges branch upwards. You can do two major trims, if necessary – one in the middle of summer and one towards the end.
You should be careful when choosing what tools to use. Cheap tools lose the edge pretty fast and a dull blade can do damage. It squeezes while cutting, thus getting in the way of the healthy re-growth. Use hand pruners for the finer work, hedge shears with serrated blades for heavier branches and pruning loppers for the thickest branches. Double-sided electrical hedge trimmers are used for shaping and single-sided – for the straight portions of the hedges.
To trim your hedges into a beautiful, even shape, use strings as guidelines. Get rid of the large branches sticking out first, then get down to the fine pruning. The sides of the hedges should be trimmed wider at the base to provide maximum sunlight for the exposed leaves. If you are trimming your hedges down for re-growth, focus on the long branches in the middle. If you are just doing some fine work, concentrate on evenness, shape and thinning out. Start from the top and work your way down. It is important to fertilize the hedges, to give it energy and stimulate further growth.
Follow these easy tips and you should be able to achieve good-looking, healthy hedges with minimum troubles.