Rooted hedges need embellishment to keep them solid and compact. Hedges need to be formally cut-back in first couple of years after planting. Shaping the hedges mostly done in the winter or spring season. After carrying this process trimming management is done, for informal hedges once a year and two years for formal hedges. Hedges maintenance regular care is required in the form of hedge trimming Frankston and cut-back. Many gardeners don’t feel that hedges should be trimmed
Types of Hedges
There are two types of hedges formal and informal.
Techniques of Trimming
Trimming smaller hedges can be done by hand held shears but when It comes to large hedges it can be easier one by an electric hedge trimmer. The equipment which is to be used for edging should always be well lubricated. While trimming take all safety pre-cautions, wear safety gloves, try not to use tools above shoulder height or ladders which are stable.
Formal hedges are those which are regularly sheared so they appear as one shrub. These hedges are best when they are used by their natural growth and small leaves. This type of hedges require trimming quite a few times in a year so they are kept clean and tidy.
When hedges are left to grow naturally they form an informal hedge. Informal hedge requires less maintenance as compared to formal hedges. Cutting off of these hedges depend on the growth of the plant and their species. Mostly they are cut off after the plant is flowered or again only if they require some trimming.
How to Trim overgrown hedges
Gardner’s who want broader hedges should alter the shrubs constantly when the shrubs are young. It doesn’t mean the cutting the off ends once they are grown, to maintain a certain shape trims are required regularly. In case of overgrown hedges, the gardeners can cut them off densely to maintain their shape.
While using trimmer always try to keep the blade equal to the hedge and use
Chop the bulky and lowest branches if they are over grown. Because cutting off flare in to new growth of branches. Spring is the best time to perform trimming because later in year you may cut off new growing branches giving hedges a thin look.
Trimming for the top of the hedges until the plant grows to around 2 feet in size.in spring season. This recon that the hedges are over grown and needed to be cut down.
Shaping your hedges fuller from the bottom and slender from the top. You and male the chopping effect exquisite if you want but the moderate pyramid will ensure the sunlight is spreading to all part of the hedge or shrub.
Hedges can grow quickly and become difficult to maintain once they fill up the border. Restoring can give new life to the hedge, Restoration is recommended once the hedges are over grown and difficult to handle. Hedges response to the restoration is great, while restoration the size of the hedges can be restored to around 50% of its original size, on the other hand
Short lived Hedges can be restored in midwinter when they are without leaves where as ever green hedges should be restored in the season of spring as the respond better to cutting off when they are actively growing and the risk getting freeze is extinct.
Problems in Hedging
Restoring the hedges obviously results in bad patches, but these patches can be overcome by quick growth within few seasons. Whereas holes and exposed patches have developed in confine hedges after restoration. Tying a new branch in an exposed patch is a possibility in order to cover that exposed part.
Exposed brown area is the problem in some species of hedges. We can use a mark as indicator with the help of a paint on a hedge just over the point of cutting or we can use a string alone the hedge acting as a guide for cutting. In case if the recover of the hedge does not work in couple of stages of restoration then we should wait at least a year so, theta the hedge get enough time to grow again.