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Shaping Your Hedges, or Keeping Them In Shape

By / Bush Pruning, Hedge Trimming, Landscaping / Comments Off on Shaping Your Hedges, or Keeping Them In Shape

Hedges are great plants that usually come in solid, linear form. Commonly, they are used as fences, screens and walls because of their versatility that they can go through in any form whether it’s round or rectangular.

Fine-shaped hedges are achievable provided that you have begun to train them from the day they were planted. In order to create gorgeous hedges, you should start from the selection of the tree, preferably young shrubs 1 to 2 feet high with several stem. Cut the plants to 6 inches when planting because it will make short branching. Later, when they are full-grown after a few months or a year, trim off half of the new growth. Then on the next year, trim off gain another half to promote branching.

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To achieve well-pleasing hedges, it needs regular trimming. Just like your hair needs trimming to keep you good-looking, they as well require it to keep them look attractive. Hedge trimming should be done on the first two years after planting. On the following year, you can begin shaping. The plants are commonly shaped with rounded or a little pointed top, sides slightly slanting. Low branching is sustained by regular top trimming narrowing to the bottom in order for the sunlight to pass through all the leaves of the plant.

Hedge trimming is necessary and should be on regular basis. To get the desired size of the hedge, it should be trimmed to the preferred shape. Do not let it grow without being trimmed because it may be hard for you to do it when it grew thicker and higher. Limit the dimensions of the hedges by trimming it closely.

Trimming Procedure for Hedging Plants

A typical type of hedges is evergreen. Compared to other types, this should be trimmed lightly after a year or two. Wait until the plants combined into a constant hedging before shaping. Moreover, a hedge of this type is advised not to be trimmed too closely because production of new growth from mature wood may not be easy for them. Generally, it is cut just before exceeding 1 foot. Deciduous hedge plants on the other hand are trimmed before July yet after producing new growth, trimming must be done twice or more. If the hedge is deciduous, pruning should be one foot below the preferred height.

Among all types of hedges, rejuvenating evergreen hedges are the most difficult to handle. They neither be trimmed regularly nor too closely because they cannot stand it, or else they have to be replaced.

There is a problem though. When trimming, you do not consider the type of hedge alone. You also have to take note if there are nesting birds on the hedges because they might be damaged during the process and that’s offense against the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981. Nesting period usually starts from 1st of March up to end of July. So, if you are planning to trim hedges within these months, better schedule it on another time and season.

If hedge trimming seems to complex or you’d rather have a more professional look, consider hiring the experts at Weber’s Landscaping.

Keep Your Yard Looking Great With These Quick Landscape Maintenance Tips

By / Landscaping, Lawn Care, Lawn Maintenance / Comments Off on Keep Your Yard Looking Great With These Quick Landscape Maintenance Tips

There are many ways to improve the aesthetic appearance of our surroundings, one of those is landscaping. The creative way of modifying the features of an area and creating a beautiful ambiance is the main objective of landscaping.

Landscaping is quite hard especially for those who are not in the habit of doing this. Added to the aggravating process of landscaping are the factors for which you have to pay attention with. For successful landscaping, it is right to consider the site on where you are going to do it. Aspects like soil quality, topography and terrain are also need to be considered. If the location doesn’t fit for landscaping, better yet move to another area and there you can start a new plan.

Landscaping itself is challenging, so as maintaining it. You can’t stop the plants from growing and keeping them in line is tough. Well, there are easy techniques on how to proper manage your landscape.

Two Ways of Maintaining Landscape

Bed Edging

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One way to maintain the beauty and order of your landscape is through bed edging. It delimits the space and keeps the landscape confined in an area. Bed edging goes in a variety of materials, heights and designs and the differences can make your landscaping more manageable. Installing border materials on the landscape should extend several inches above and below the surfaces sideways the planting bed to serve its function. You can add the border in defining the space meant for landscaping. Bed edging contains all that constitutes your garden. By limiting the space, it becomes easier for homeowners to cut weeds and mow grass. Compared to an open garden bed, installing a boarder alongside the planting bed controls irrigation and fertilization among other components in the garden. When mowing and weeding, the plants inside the border are less susceptible to damage, thus making them to stay firm and beautiful as they are.

The boarders are not only for lining, it also adds beauty to the landscape. When you see a straight or curve line on the garden, isn’t it that it tends to be more attractive and pleasing? With a variety of colors and shapes, there’s no doubt that your garden will be at its best always.

Mulching

mulching flower bed

Mulching is also another method of maintaining and keeping the aesthetic value of landscape at any residential areas. Mulching make use of “mulch”- an organic material needed to guard the roots from the heat, cold and drought. It is spread under trees and shrubs all over the planting bed with a depth of about 3 -4 inches. The mulch should not get in contact with the tree trunk or else, the tree might die due to suffocation. The placing of mulch should not block the passage of air going through it.

Mulching is good for conserving the soil moisture, thus plants will have a reserve when summer heats up and will require less watering. By putting mulch, it prevents the sunlight from passing directly to the soil. Mulching is also beneficial in preventing erosion and water run-off hence keeping the garden on track.

Landscape maintenance is manageable provided you know the right information on how to deal with it. It goes hand in hand with your passion for landscaping and the likes.

What to Do When Pruning Bushes Around Your House

By / Bush Pruning, Hedge Trimming, Landscaping, Tree Trimming / Comments Off on What to Do When Pruning Bushes Around Your House

Most often, bush pruning is one of the most neglected tasks in gardening because it is quite tough. Bush pruning can be as hard as you might think especially when grow taller and bigger. Bushes can outgrow other plants in the garden if not pruned on a regular basis. Bush pruning is done differently according to its types so you must be aware on how to do it appropriately. If you are having a hard time doing that, here are the few tips in making the task easier for you.

Take away bad branches

When pruning bushes, you must take away of bad branches. Begin the process with getting rid of dead and damaged branches. They don’t look good to plants because they cause them to rot and acquire possible disease. Doing this will help the bush grow healthier and fuller.

Cut 1/3 of the Bush’s thrashes

Some types of bush tend to grow faster and make more canes than other every year. To solve this, pruning is done by cutting off the larger or older branches to control its height, giving space for newer and smaller shoots.

First- year Bush Pruning

On the first year of the bush, you can cut the branch just an inch away from the bud. This technique helps the branch to grow stronger while developing. This works best for bushes that only produce one to few stalks a year as compared to bushes that continuously produces shoots every once and a while. See for the result in the next year. If it works, then you might want to do it yearly.

Do away with Flattop Pruning

For easier pruning, this must have been done several times by most gardeners. Usually, flattop haircut looks good on the first two years, but it may look devastating on the following years. This method isn’t just suitable in maintaining the shape of the bush instead making it look unnatural. Top pruning fuels growth making it grow larger and fuller than it did before. This make it tougher for you to control the size and shape.

Cut the entire branches

For some types, this one fits. Without regular pruning, some bush get too big and compressed. Every year, it can grow much bigger and denser. Cutting the branch entirely opens the door for a healthy growth from the interior, creating a better bush on the next year.

Prune branch at the collar

Collar is located directly above where the main truck and the branch is connected. You have to cut the branch collar because if it stay connected to the trunk, they’ll rot causing disease to the bush.

Replace overgrown shrubs

Sometimes, pruning is not enough to keep the garden as pleasing as possible because keep growing much thicker at the end of the day. So, better yet replace them with a new plant. Overgrown bushes should be replaced by a mature plant that’s more fitting for the space.

Bush pruning can be done in many different ways, but you must take note that the process varies according to type as well. This must be done correctly to achieve the desired shape and size of the bush.