If you’re taking hedge trimming into your own hands, you’ll want some tips to do the maintenance as safe, fast, and smoothly as possible.
Here are some tips to give you a clear picture of what’s required for proper hedge maintenance:.
Make sure you have all the right tools for the job from start to finish. Once your tool chest proves adequate; maintaining your inventory for top performance is essential.
- Sharp Blades: Dull blades pose a danger risk to the person operating the tool, and garner poor results. Frayed and splintered hedges are often a result of edges that haven’t been adequately sharpened, for example.
- Regular Cleaning: Clean blades facilitate efficient cutting. Debris, resin, sap, and other agents collect with use, so you will need professional-grade solvents to keep your tools operating optimally.
- Protective Gear: Gear up for safety—it is not an area where you want to cut corners. Wear protective clothing, read safety warnings, and following instructions diligently.
Different tasks require different approaches, so here are some considerations:
- Trimming: Always trim the vertical sides of your hedges first. Employ an up-and-down sweeping motion that moves smoothly as your “sweep” advances along the hedge.
- Topping: For topping, angle the blade just shy of fifteen degrees. Topping is more effective when you use a more horizontal sweeping motion.
- Shaping: Shaping means the current and future overall shape of your hedges. Leave the bases wider than the top for great sunlight exposure and optimal growth.
Your maintenance schedule and approach determine the longevity, appearance, overall costs, and hassle-factor of your hedges.
Here are some guidelines for keeping a healthy grow life and kerb appeal for your hedges:
- Prune Early: Early pruning shapes the hedge for the healthiest growth possible. Make regular maintenance straightforward by setting up lines of string to take the guesswork out of the cutting, for example. Once you’re confident in your accuracy, you can eyeball this technique easily.
- Cut Young: You’ll want to avoid cutting into the older sections of the hedge’s wood. Routine and scheduled maintenance ensures that only the newest growth is cut, and the integrity of the parent plant remains intact.
- Determine Species: May through September proves the best time to work on evergreen plants. You can trim it two to three times a year depending on the species, but seasonal hedges tend to grow faster at specific times of the year. It might require you to condense your trimming efforts, so be sure to learn the species of your hedges to schedule trims.
- Be Kind to Wildlife: Birds and other wildlife tend to be overenthusiastic about the start of a new year. Rather, save your big cutting jobs for the end of February.
Professional hedge maintenance services, such as lawn and garden care, arborists, and tree services, have these practices down to an art. If you’re interested in a DIY-approach, procure the right tools, safety equipment, and methods, and learn the best techniques for your species of hedges.
Proper maintenance prevents expensive future costs.