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Shaping Your Hedges, or Keeping Them In Shape

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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.


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.