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Hedge Care

A well maintained hedge is a valuable addition to any garden.  Even a small hedge if well kept can give even small gardens an impressive look.  However a badly maintained hedge can soon look unkempt and scruffy and detract value from both your home and garden.

My approach to hedgecare is to keep your hedges in the best condition by trimming them at the right frequency and the right times of year.  I've listed the common hedge types I come across and when it's best to cut them.

The frequencies and timings of cutting and pruning are based on established healthy hedges.  If you have a new hedge or a damaged hedge then contact me to discuss the best way to establish the hedge or correct the problem.

Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium)

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rivet is a popular choice for hedging in Sheffield and provides an impressive and neat hedge if well maintained.  As owners will know privet will grow quickly during the growing season and does need regular trimming to maintain a neat appearance while growing.  Fortunately with well sharpened professional hedge trimmers privet is one of the simpler hedging species to keep neat so a regular maintenance program remains affordable. 



Box (Buxus)

Box is great for creating small formal hedges and very versatile for creating striking topiary shapes which can add to the appeal of a more formal area of a garden.

In normal weather conditions box should be trimmed annually between late May and before the end of August.  If the hedge has been trimmed early in the summer and weather conditions have caused rapid growth a second trim to neaten up can be done, but again no later than the end of August.  For box topiary I use topiary shears to maintain the precise shape required.  For small box hedges I use hand shears.  For larger box hedges I use Stihl hedgecutters. 

Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

Beech is very popular for formal hedges and provides good privacy during the growing season while letting in extra light to the garden in winter.  Your beech hedge will benefit from a trim in late July/August and a second trim in January/February before the new buds form.  I use Stihl hedge trimmers to trim beech hedges.  If your beech hedge has become overgrown and requires substancially reducing then I would do this between late January and early March.  Reduction of your beech hedge will be carried out with Stihl hedgecutters and chainsaws maintained to the highest standards.


Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii )

Leylandii is still a popular hedge type which I deal with regularly but because of it's rapid growth requires special
management.  The Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 contained provisions which prohibits evergreen boundary hedges over 2 meters in height if they interfere with your neighbours right to enjoy their garden.  While this covers all conifers because of Leylandiis vigorous growth if you have a leylandii hedge you are more likely to be affected if the hedge is left unmaintained than with other evergreen hedges.

In general I have found Leylandii benefits from pruning and trimming in April, then trimming again in June and September to keep it neat and tidy and prevent excessive growth.  I use Stihl hedge trimmers to trim Leylandii and a combination of chainsaw and pruning saw to carry out hedge lowering.

If you find yourself subject to a Remedial Notice under the 2003 Act contact me as soon as possible and I will prioritise your booking to make sure the lowering is carried out within the timescale set out in the Remidial Notice and will provide the relevant documentation for compliance with the 2003 Act.

Hawthorne (Crataegus monogyna)

The Hawthorn is one of the best native hedging plants. Well maintained it creates an imressive and attractive formal hedge.  It has the added advanage of security, the thorns act as an effective barrier to guard against unwanted visitors trying to gain entry to your property.  However unmaintained it can soon become straggly and detract from the overall look of a garden.

Hawthorne should be pruned during the dormant period, in Sheffield this is generally between November and February.  Pruning encourages vigourous and bushy hawthorne hedges.  A trim in June and late August/early September maintains a neat shape to your hedge all year round.


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