Learning how to properly maintain your hedge is a must If you’re worried about your hedge looking scraggly and unkempt, as many tend to become. When it comes to pruning many hedge owners get stuck, but giving your hedges a regular dose of fertiliser and frequent watering is always recommended. We’ve compiled some important tips to help you properly maintain your hedges.
Hand pruners can create space in the hedge that allows air and light to seep in so using hand pruners with shears is recommended. Proper hand pruning will allow for sunlight to make its way in and allows you to cut away shrubs that get too large, while using shears is important to cut off branch tips and keep hedges looking tidy and neat. If buds multiply to the point where a shrub is so thick that the sunlight cannot penetrate, this will prevent growth on the inside. The result will be a hedge that grows year by year but looks perished on the inside. So get hand-pruning to properly maintain your hedge!
When plants tend to be dormant and have not yet produced buds, hedges should be ideally pruned in later winter, especially if you are looking to drastically cut-back on growth. You ideally want the energy of the plant to go towards stimulating new growth wherever you want it. You do not want the plant to break its bud before pruning. By taking off the buds of a plant, you cut off spent energy, and the hedge will take longer to fill out.
Where the most sunlight is received, if left unattended to, many hedges will begin to widen somewhere around the top. The resulting V shape can shade out the lower branches so that they start to gradually produce less overall foliage. You want the reverse of this; a properly pruned hedge should be narrows towards the top and wider at the base. You can achieve this by carefully working towards the top, shearing from the bottom up.
You could always run a line of string between wooden stakes to ensure a truly even line at the very top if you want to achieve incredibly precise cutting,. But if you want to achieve a more natural look, try to rely on your eyes alone!
Give enough room
Make sure you take into account the room that will be required once it’s there before planting your hedge or choosing an instant hedge. Figure out how wide and high you want your hedge to be before considering your options. This could drastically affect the way that you go about pruning; if you choose a selection that outgrows the space you have sectioned off then you’re going to be constantly pruning, which is something no one wants.
Hopefully you have appreciated some of these top tips for maintaining your hedge. If any of these have made you consider instant hedging for yourself, read on!
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