Hedge Maintenance and Care Tips

The first years of a hedges life are the most important. Naturally the hedge will develop into a bushy upright shape with no assistance but this alone will not produce a good hedge, what is desired in a good hedge is a dense and uniformed growth habit with even shape and a desired height and width. Regular training and careful pruning from the year of planting is the only way to achieve this, after neglecting a hedge for some time it is very difficult and sometimes impossible to restore it to a desirable look. Hedges should be trimmed at least twice during the growing season and once at the end of the growing season, although flowing hedges should be pruned after flowing has occurred.
Hedges large or small, formal or informal are very important features of a garden. They can be used to give privacy, mark boundaries and provide shelter from wind. Wimbledon Removals In larger gardeners they can even be used to dived space or act as a background or backdrop for other plants. Smaller hedging like box hedging can be used in formal gardens for a more abstract design.
The future of your hedge is determined by the way your future hedge is managed. In the early stages of a hedge it is often necessary to cut it quite hard to achieve the shape you desire but this also encourages growth. Hedges with smaller leaves are considered to be more formal as these are easier to trim and shape. Another factor to consider is whether your hedges are needed for screening, in which case it would be necessary to choose an evergreen specimen, which retains it leaves throughout the winter.
Many free standing hedges can be pruned into decorative shapes when they have matured, they can also be trained to do this from young plants.
Making a Spiral Cone
1. To make a spiral cone from a mature bush, firstly begin by marking out a spiral cone from string attaching the string to branch tips at regular intervals.
2. Step back from the bush and check that the spirals are running at even intervals from each other and that you are happy with the shape.
3. Using secateurs or a pruning saw, remove all stems and leaves back to a main stem or truck.
4. In time foliage with grow to hide the bare surfaces and this shape should be trimmed to maintain its spiral effect.

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