How to Manage an Overgrown Hedge

Well maintained hedges make a huge difference to the overall look of your landscape

How Often Do You Come Across an Overgrown Hedge?

Whether it is on your drive, in the local park or your garden, overgrown hedges are not appealing to view. As well as being unsightly, they also provide a cover for criminals and can lead to reduced visibility of cyclists on shared paths. Hedge cutting needs to be carried out regularly for the health and appearance of your plants. Hedge cutting is a great way to keep plants in shape and give them a tidy look so that they can enhance the beauty of their surroundings.

Whilst hedge cutting may seem like an easy enough task, it is much more involved than just hacking away at your plants with shears or secateurs. Hedge cutting requires not only the right tools but great skill. Hedge cutting is a process that requires patience and if done correctly will ensure minimum damage to your plants.

Hedges can be cut all year round, but during the growth season, they will recover quicker from any damage caused by cutting. Regular hedge trimming may also reduce the flowering of these plants if desired. Hedge cutting should also be done with consideration for the growth pattern of the horizontal branches, as these will need to be cut back further than those growing upwards towards the sky. It is important to note hedges grow from the trunk up, as well as follage and branches. Therefore, even regularly pruned hedges still require a major cut back occasionally if trying to maintain a set height.

Hedge trimmers or shears are used for trimming hedges. Hedge trimmers can be extremely dangerous which is why our team at 1300 4 Gardening are expertly trained.  Hedge trimmers are available in electric and petrol models.

The process of cutting back a hedge often takes awhile as it needs to have time to grow back. The first step of the process is cutting the hedge to pretty much just sticks and twigs. This is done to ensure that the hedge will regenerate by itself after it has time to be bare. During this process, some people prefer to use gardening shears or loppers (a type of pruning shear) for small branches and a hedge trimmer for thicker parts of the hedge to ensure the hedge keeps the desired shape and size.

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Whilst hedge cutting may seem like an easy enough task, it is much more involved than just hacking away at your plants with shears or secateurs. Hedge cutting requires not only the right tools but great skill. Hedge cutting is a process that requires patience and if done correctly will ensure minimum damage to your plants.

Hedges can be cut all year round, but during the growth season, they will recover quicker from any damage caused by cutting. Regular hedge trimming may also reduce the flowering of these plants if desired. Hedge cutting should also be done with consideration for the growth pattern of the horizontal branches, as these will need to be cut back further than those growing upwards towards the sky. It is important to note hedges grow from the trunk up, as well as follage and branches. Therefore, even regularly pruned hedges still require a major cut back occasionally if trying to maintain a set height.

Hedge trimmers or shears are used for trimming hedges. Hedge trimmers can be extremely dangerous which is why our team at 1300 4 Gardening are expertly trained.  Hedge trimmers are available in electric and petrol models.

The process of cutting back a hedge often takes awhile as it needs to have time to grow back. The first step of the process is cutting the hedge to pretty much just sticks and twigs. This is done to ensure that the hedge will regenerate by itself after it has time to be bare. During this process, some people prefer to use gardening shears or loppers (a type of pruning shear) for small branches and a hedge trimmer for thicker parts of the hedge to ensure the hedge keeps the desired shape and size.

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The next several months is the regeneration period as the hedge begins to grow back. At the end of this period,  the hedge is then trimmed to the desired shape and size again. Hedge trimmers are very good for pruning hedges because of their controlled, even cut and ability to cut fairly thick branches. Finally, it is important to cut the hedge every few weeks to keep it under control especially during a wet summer in Queensland as hedges can grow very fast.

Initial cut back of hedge from overgrown to sticks

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