Hedge Maintenance

Hedges

The garden hedge possibly undervalued and overlooked, considering the number of benefits a well-kept garden hedge can provide both the home and homeowner.
Garden hedges are an important part of the landscape, often used as boundaries between properties thus avoiding the need for unattractive walls and fences. They can offer shelter, privacy within the garden, as well as being an excellent noise reducer – ideal if your property is close to a roadside or busy walk way. A solid dense hedge can offer security to your property, they are long lasting and if maintained correctly, will stand the test of time and last as long as the property! As well as the practical benefits, they are visually attractive as they change with the seasons, naturally blending into your garden and surroundings.

Professional trimming

Looking for professional hedge maintenance? You need to look no further than hedge maintenance forest of dean. The best looking and healthiest hedges are those that are regularly maintained and trimmed. Many homeowners, with secateurs in hand will attempt to trim their hedges, not taking into account the type of hedge they have, the implications to its health and appearance, not to mention if it houses any wildlife or other shrubs that may take umbrage to their surroundings being hacked!
Medium sized hedges (those that reach waist/chest height) can be trimmed using a petrol-engine hedge trimmer, providing unrestricted movement when trimming, ideal for use in gardens, leaving the hedge with a neat and tidy shape.

Tall hedges will require long-reach hedge trimmers, even scaffolding to provide a platform to work on.
When looking for a professional company to trim and maintain your hedges they will ask (or even visit) about the type of hedges that you have, they may ask for approximate sizes, the variety etc. to ensure that they have the necessary equipment to carry out the job.

If you have new hedges in your garden, seek the advice of a professional. They will suggest that new hedges are pruned from an early stage, to encourage healthy growth and good shaping. They will advise on the amount of pruning, as this will depend on the type of hedge. Well established hedges require regular trimming, which will leave them looking healthy and dense.

It is also important to take into consideration the hedge cutting seasons, yes they do exist! Conifers, for example should not be cut after the end of August as this can encourage bare patches to appear in later months. Did you know that you should prune deciduous hedges in winter and evergreen hedges in spring? A professional will be able to inform you of the do’s and don’ts to ensure that your hedges have continuous healthy growth.

When trimming garden hedges a professional will ensure that there are no signs of wildlife or birds nesting. It is an offence under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is being built or used. Again, this will probably be something that a homeowner may neglect or not realise needs to be done, whereas a professional will know how to assess the hedge to ensure that no wildlife/birds are residing there.

Benefits

A professional hedge trimmer will already have access to the right tools for the job. This will depend on the type of hedge, its size, location, and the amount of trimming that it requires. They will be appropriately trained in using petrol/electric powered equipment with optimum safety procedures in place. If step ladders, platforms are needed, they will be specific for the job in hand, and will have therefore passed safety checks etc.

Trimming a garden hedge may sound like an easy task, but after reading this blog I hope to have highlighted a few factors that you may not have thought of, hence it is always wise to call a professional for advice!

The benefits of Hedges

Hedges

These days many properties will have garden hedges in preference to fences/walls to indicate where property boundaries begin and end. Rather than a boundary line that is a solid fence or wall, a hedge allows for natural light, wildlife and an ever changing appearance in line with the seasons. Some homeowners choose to plant hedges, to provide privacy in a garden, to encourage wildlife, and to visually enhance the overall appearance of their garden and land that surrounds their property.

Boundaries

As touched upon in the introduction, hedges are often used as land boundaries. Although hedges require a level of hedge maintenance monmouth (the level of which depends on the variety), the cost is far less than if repairing or replacing fence panels, the upkeep and treatment of the wood, the initial costs of constructing and maintaining a stone wall etc. If a hedge is maintained it will last as long as the property, if not longer! You also have the flexibility to choose the variety of hedge that will best suit your property, maybe a flowering hedge?

Appearance

A healthy hedge is an attractive hedge. Ensuring that you prune on a regular basis, seeking the help from a professional where necessary will result in a dense and compact hedge that may even add value to your property. As the hedge changes its appearance through the seasons, expect flashes of colour from greens to autumnal shades, flowers to berries, depending on the variety of hedge that you have chosen. The ‘curb appeal’ that your property provides is often as important as the decoration inside, and a well-kept garden hedge will only add to this.

Privacy

In areas where houses are in close proximity to each other, hedges surrounding your garden can offer much needed privacy from neighbours, or overlooking paths and roadsides.

Wind, noise and pollution

A compact hedge provides an excellent means of reducing noise, whether it is foot or vehicle traffic. In addition, if the area you live in is susceptible to high winds, a hedge will offer a level of protection for your garden and home.
A dense well established hedge is also known to absorb air pollution, which is particularly useful if the hedge surrounds a vegetable patch or children’s play area that is close to a roadside.

Wildlife

Bird feeders are very popular, but garden hedges offer a more natural environment for birds and other wildlife. As well as feeding the birds, a hedge will also attract insects and butterflies that will often take shelter.

Maintenance

So, with a garden hedge come a number of benefits. Many homeowners are put off from choosing hedges as they believe that the continuous maintenance is time consuming and costly – which does not have to be the case.
New hedges do require regular trimming in the first few years, but this is to encourage healthy growth and to ensure that as the hedge matures it adopts an appealing shape.

A well-established hedge will require trimming once or twice a year depending on the type of hedge. A professional hedge trimmer can provide further advice on this.