Usually Garden Management includes some form of hedge cutting and topiary care. The best time to cut hedges is usually after birds have finished nesting in June. We inspect hedges thoroughly before trimming to ensure there are no birds nesting within, all aspects of our Garden Maintenance service is undertaken with great care and consideration for the natural habitat.
Did you know? – It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built?
There are several types of hedges and the care they require varies depending on species. Some hedges require cutting twice a year whereas others only need cutting once. Check out our guide below:
Taxus baccata: April – October, don’t cut in frost or freezing conditions, cut tightly for shape, Yew is very forgiving and will tolerate hard cutting.
Leylandii: June – October, cut tightly for shape, but do not cut beyond the leaf, cutting into old wood will cause the hedge to die back in that area, and it will not recover.
Buxus sempervirens: Cut Box twice a year from May – October, cut tightly for shape, Box or Buxus is very forgiving, but if the clippers are not sharp they will tear the leave which will cause the outer edge to go brown.
Laurel or Prunus: Cut Laurel anytime of the year but not in lengthy wet conditions or freezing weather as this can promote disease. Cut Laurel with sharp clippers, to prevent browning of the leaves. Laurel is forgiving and can be cut back to the old wood to promote new growth.
June – November, Native hedges will have the greater number of nesting birds and therefore cutting should commence after June. Cut top of the hedge tightly to promote a thicker hedge, cut the sides of the hedge as required. Some native species will contain wild roses, so choose your cutting time according to the species with the hedge.
Fagus sylvatica / Carpinus betulus: Beech and Hornbeam can be cut from June – October, being deciduous they can be cut tightly for shape and are very forgiving.
Ilex: Mature holly can be cut at any time of year in any weather condition even snow. Holly is a loose forming hedge and requires constant cutting to produce a dense shape. Remember the fruits, and do not cut when they are producing berries.
Lavandula: September after flowering, cut flower stems off, try not to cut back into the wood as this will be detrimental to the plant.