Seasons for hedge cutting and the frequency of the cutting should depend on specific species. But these simple thumb rules can be kept in mind – Between the months of May and September (growing seasons), make sure evergreen species in shapes of box or so are trimmed at least two to three times in a year; certain fast growing conifers like Leylandii would need to be trimmed more number of times in order to control the growth. Conifers are not to be cut during August end. Only deciduous and stocky hedges would need cutting during August end. In case a lot of renovation is needed, then you can do that during the end of late February when the plant is dormant. You must always keep in mind that it is crucial that you do not cut very early in order to avoid disturbing nesting birds.
Here are some useful tips to keep in mind when cutting hedges:
- Keeping it Clean: Get a blade that is clean as they are more efficient. While a hedge is being trimmed, sap starts building up on the blades which set in hard, much like glue. Make sure you use an authorized cleaning agent to keep the blades in optimal condition.
- Keeping it Sharp: This sure sounds obvious but make sure your trimmer blades are sharp. If the branches you are cutting seem ragged or if the colour at the tips seem light in colour or ragged or if the blades start snagging on the hedge, the blades you are using are most likely blunt and they are tearing the leaves rather than slicing it. This is when you know it is time to take the blades to a professional sharpener.
- Keeping it Safe: Wear protective clothing and make sure to follow safety instructions provided in the manual.
- Keeping it in order: You can begin with cutting the vertical sides first and use upward and downward motions that are sweeping and move forwards through the hedge.
We hope these tips help you do a faster and more efficient job. Websites like http://www.hopesgrovenurseries.co.uk/ also have some information on tools for hedge maintenance, so make sure you check them out.