Your lawn should be looking green and healthy from the downpour of rain we've had recently, now it's time to look a bit higher, to the hedges. You don't need cutting hedge technology to get make your garden looking great. Check out our top tips for hedge trimming:
- Spring is a great time prune your hedges due to the moderate temperature. So as long as the good weather holds up, there's no need to delay maintaining those hedges!
- Know your hedge variety before trimming too much. Camellia sasanqua, Buxus, Murraya and others can withstand heavy pruning but Conifers, Grevilleas and Banksias are sensitive to heavily prune and can die as a result.
- Whether you use hand-held tools or electric trimmers ensure your blade is sharp. If a branch is light in colour when you trim it or if blades snag on the branches, your blades need a sharpen, which we can help you with!
Try your hand at topiary (a.k.a. hedge shapes)
If you're looking to go a cut above the rest, you can try trimming your hedges into shapes. The best hedges for this are densely growing and evergreen species like Box or Yew. If you're new to topiary, start with our four handy tips:
- Geometric shapes like spheres, cones, pyramids and cylinders are a good starting point. These can be achieved through accurate cutting, usually with hand held tools with sharp blades.
- In order to achieve the perfect shape, create a frame or guidelines from wire, wood or string of your desired shape and trim to it. This is especially useful if intend on making several plants the same shape.
- To encourage your hedge to grow a certain way, you can entwine wire with the outer branches to guide future growth.
- A plant's never too young to start trimming! But you can also teach a mature plant some new tricks. So plant age won't stop your fantastic creations.
Need help deciding what's the best tool to prune your hedge to perfection? Come in and chat to our team!