How to Trim Hedges: A Homeowner’s Guide

Hedges make for beautiful additions to any yard. They’re full and green and bring vibrancy to your garden. Without proper maintenance, however, hedges can become overgrown quickly. 

In order to properly care for your hedges and keep them growing in the shape you desire, you need to know how to trim hedges correctly. Yes, there is a wrong and right way to do so. Trimming or pruning them the wrong way can lead to an unhealthy hedge. 

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Don’t let your hedges die or take over your yard. Continue reading below for several hedge trimming tips you should know about!

Know Your Hedge

Understand that there are several different types of hedges. What kind of hedges do you have in your yard. The type is essential when understanding when to prune hedges (how often it should be done). 

Some types of hedges will only require light pruning, while other types need it more moderately and others need it more regularly. Once you’ve done the research and know what type of hedge you’re working with, you can then decide on the best time to trim hedges in your yard.

Work in Late Winter

A general rule to follow, however, is to prune in the late winter (no matter how often your hedge requires pruning, try to prune it during this time as part of your pruning schedule). You want to prune when the hedge is dormant. If it’s already producing buds, then it’s energy will go towards growing these buds.

Prune them in the winter before buds have sprouted to ensure the hedge puts its energy towards growing taller and fuller. Some hedges (ones that are slow growers) will need pruning earlier in the season. 

Trim More at the Top

When you’re shaping your hedges, try to leave the bottoms wider than the tops. You want the top of the hedge to be more narrow to allow the sun to reach the bottom of the hedge. If the sun can’t reach the bottom, then the bottom layer could end up dying.

It’s also important to leave space in the hedge for the sun to shine through. If the sun can’t get into the hedge, then the inside of the hedge will become hallow and greenery will only remain present on the edges. Leave an opening here and there so the sun can reach the inside of the hedge and allow it to grow full on the inside. 

Contact the Professionals

Finding the right amount of trimming and pruning that’ll leave your hedge happy and trimmed is a task that may take some time to get right. When all else fails, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals. 

A professional tree service will know how to conduct proper hedge trimming. The stress of doing it yourself can then be lifted off your shoulders. 

Know-How to Trim Hedges Properly 

Follow the advice given in this general guide on how to trim hedges properly. Take your time and discover which trimming methods and schedules work best for the type of hedges you own. 

For other posts on general topics and a few other topics as well, keep checking back here on a regular basis!

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