TGM Landscapes bring your garden hedges back into great shape.
A neat and tidy hedge is a lovely sight to behold but all types of hedging will require work to achieve a smart finish and to keep it that way.
Cheap, fast-growing conifers are by far the worst offenders – typically bought from a garden centre and planted quickly to create more privacy, they get out of hand faster than you’d imagine and once they’re over head-height, hard for the average homeowner to get back under control – on average 3,000 people need hospital treatment every year in the UK from accidents with electric hedge trimmers alone.
TGM Landscapes offer a professional hedge trimming service that takes all the hassle out of hedge management – we can schedule a programme of regular hedge trimming suitable for your hedge type – and we have all the correct equipment to do a perfect job
Call TGM Landscapes today on 01295 816 763 and get your hedges quickly back into shape.
High Hedges & The Law
The term ‘high hedges’ was subjective until it was defined by the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003: Part 8 in 2005. This is a summary of what constitutes a high hedge under the law:
- The hedge is more than 2m (approx 6½ft) tall (there is extra guidance for hedge heights on slopes)
- A hedge is defined as a line of two or more trees or shrubs
- The hedge is formed wholly or predominantly of evergreens (these don’t lose their leaves in winter) or semi-evergreen ones (that stay green most of the year)
- Bamboo and ivy are not included
- Where a hedge is predominantly evergreen, the deciduous trees and shrubs within the hedge may be included in the work specified. However, a council can exclude specific trees or require different work
Typical Hedge Trimming Programmes:
Yew hedges usually need to be trimmed only once a year in August or September. We can renovate a large yew hedge by cutting right back to the main trunk. We’ll cut back the top in year one, cut one side of the hedge in year two before finally cutting the other side in year three, meaning the hedge will always have some green leaves to help fuel the plant as it regrows.
Leyland Cypress Hedges
Leyland cypress hedges will need to be trimmed approximately three times every year, ideally in April, July then late August. Leyland cypress is fast growing though can’t be cut back beyond the green growth or the plant will never recover properly leading to bare patches. Trimming little and often is the best way forward.
Beech and hornbeam hedges should be pruned in August. Growing rapidly in the early months of the year, they will still need to grow a little after being trimmed back to ensure no bare patches during winter. If your Beech hedge has grown very large, we can cut it back hard in mild mid-winters.
Privet usually need to be trimmed biannually, preferably May and August. Generally speaking, with privet, the more you cut it, the more it will form a denser, even hedge ..and the easier it is to keep it to the same size. If greater reduction is required, we can hand prune in April.
Laurel hedges should be trimmed back one a year in July or August. Due to Laurel having broader, tough leaves a degree of hand trimming is required to remove the ragged, half leaves left by powered hedge trimmers in order to keep the hedge healthy. We can reshape overgrown laurel hedges by cutting them back hard during spring
Flowering in May, Hawthorn should be trimmed after fully flowered in June. We can ensure a denser, more formal hedge by subsequently trimming it again during autumn. A more informal hedge will only need a trimming back every few years. We will reduce a larger hedge with a thorough pruning in winter.
Berberis should be trimmed after it has flowered in Springtime. Berberis be trimmed into a dense, formal hedging. If only requiring an informal look, cutting back once every few years will usually stop it getting out of hand.
Escallonia will on average need trimming in May and again in late August, early September if you’re wanting a more formal looking hedge without flowers. An informal, flowering hedge is achieved by being cut after it flowers in June. A hard pruning in the spring reduce size for a hedge reduction
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