Spring care for hedges in 2022 is pretty key if you want to give them a good start in their growing season. As we’re all thinking more closely as bio-diversity and sustainability of our eco-system, it’s becoming clear that some of the traditional tasks we usually undertake in Spring are being rethought, when we consider our attitudes to conservation.
It’s a well known fact that hedges are the perfect habitat for many wildlife species, including nesting birds, hedgehogs and a lot of invertebrates. When we actually consider this for a moment, it’s clear that we need to protect these habitats and so, here is our Spring Time hedge checklist to undertake whilst being kind to nature. Did you know that there are actually certain laws in the UK surrounding the trimming back of hedging in the Spring time, and you can find out more information here.
Spring care for hedges checklist
1. Remove unsightly weeds and unwanted growth from the base of your hedges
It’s really important to remove fallen leaves and unwanted from around the base of your hedges so that you can allow the roots to breathe and allow for any fertilizer and mulch to penetrate through the soil. Also, when you shift the debris from the base, you’ll be able to have a good look at how healthy the trunk looks.
2. Water the soil around the base
This may sound a bit odd at this time of year, as we’ve only just come out of the wet, windy and cold weather of winter, but a good soaking of the roots at the base of the trunk will give your hedges a really good start in the upcoming growing season.
3. Firm the soil back down around the base of the hedge
Some of the soil around your hedging plants could have become displaced by the wet and windy weather conditions in winter, so it’s a good idea to push any soil back around the hedge base and firm it down.
4. Mulch around the hedge after you’ve watered it
Spring is the ideal time of year to apply a high quality mulch around the trunk of your hedging plants, as it will hold back any weed regrowth, shade the soil from brighter Spring sunlight and halts the water in the soil from evaporating. You can make your own mulch for your hedges, and a good choice would be ether compost, rotting manure, leaf mould or grass cuttings. Bark chippings shouldn’t be used as mulch because they tend to suck out any free nitrogen out of the soil, which is not what you’re aiming for when you want your hedges to put on new growth!
5. Trim back any brown or dead leaves, twigs or branches
A light trim of your hedgerow is more acceptable in the Spring time rather than a full on hatchet job. Pruning is important to remove any dead branches from the hedge and to keep them neat, but it’s also important to understand that this time of year is when the breeding season for nesting birds is most prolific, and severely cutting back your hedge plants in Spring will surely interrupt this important process.
Of course, do trim back any dead twigs and branches or wind damaged leaves during the Spring, but it’s important to be mindful of the essential eco-system that lives within them.
So there you have it! Our tips for caring for your hedges in Spring time. Hedgeplants is a responsible and ethical nursery, situated in the south of Worcestershire. Our team at Hedgeplants are a group of experienced horticulturalists with a passion for what we do. The reputation of our business has been built on our expertise, commitment to our customers and the overall quality of our hedges and screening. We specialise in growing instant hedging in metre long lengths, available in either Hedgeplant bags or troughs. Choose from various heights from 30cm tall up to 200cm tall
If you’d like some more information about caring for your hedges in Spring time, then we’d be happy to help you! Just give us a call on 01386 750 700 or take a look at our website here