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TREE REMOVAL - Hedge Reductions

Hedge Pruning
Pruning hedges is mistaken often as an easy task to undertake, however that is not always the case. If you have an unruly hedge that you feel needs attention, please call us and we will be happy to help you get it back into shape. Your hedge may be in good shape but if it’s getting increasingly difficult to manage it yourself, we are happy to reshape or formative prune your hedge and keep it looking fresh with an annual visit if needed.  Below is a guide to some of the common hedges which may be in your garden and an easy guide to pruning

Common hedges


Privet is much like grass in the sense that it always grows as long as the temperature is above 9 degrees celcius. Trimming the hedge will help keep it in shape and also make the hedge dense, rather than scraggy and untidy. Look to prune your privet hedge 2-3 times a year. If your privet hedge has become unruly don’t despair.  Choose the height you wish to cut it back to. Do not be afraid of damaging the plant; privet is a very hardy plant and can tolerate strong pruning.


Beech is extremely hardy and a light clipping twice a year is all that’s needed, In early June. This clipping keeps your hedge bushy. In early August, this clipping produces a late flush of new leaves – these are the leaves that will stay on the branches through winter.


Laurel hedge owners will be pleased to know that this specie of hedge only needs to be pruned once a year. Look to have your laurel hedge pruned in late spring or early summer as the hedge will produce new shoots very quickly at this time of year. If your Laurel hedge has become overgrown  pruning is best done in late spring when your Laurel is starting to grow again as any brown branches will soon be covered in new shoots if you do it at this time of year.


The most common conifer specie you will find in a garden is Leylandii. These need to be trimmed once (or at most, twice a year). Some people recommend trimming it three times (or more!) a year but this isn’t necessary and, in fact, can weaken the Leylandii hedge especially in years of drought or during other forms of stress. Leylandii hedges that are trimmed too many times do not get a chance to put on any re-growth before the spring, so they are more likely to suffer from problems. Burning is a common problem where harsh pruning at the wrong time of year or under the wrong weather conditions causes them to burn or go brown.

Leylandii are extremely fast growing and can comfortably grow up to 3ft a year and quickly get to a height where more extensive pruning needs to be done. If you keep your hedge at a height of 6-8ft (2-3m), it is much easier to trim than if it is 10-15ft (4-5m) in height.


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