Establishing a hedge can be an enriching time in the garden. Maintaining a barrier is very important, and regular trimming is required to keep vegetation lush and dense—the more formal the hedge, the greater the requirement for constant trimming.
When to trim hedges yourself or using Ballarat hedge trimming services
Hedges require formative pruning regularly for the first couple of years to make sure they take on the shape you expect. After this period, productive trimming is only generally required in winter or spring. More formal hedges may require “up to” three trims per year.
Handheld shears are ideal for trimming hedges. It is easier and more accurate to use electric or petrol-powered hedge trimmers to the more critical borders. There are numerous types available on the market today, but whichever you use, they must be maintained in a sharp state and be well lubricated.
When trimming a hedge, safety is paramount. Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment, and where the tools are electric 240 volts. Place the lead over your shoulder so it won’t be accidentally cut while you are trimming. The ground around the area should be stable when using ladders. Would you please use ladders with caution? For example, a paramedic has indicated that almost every time there is a public holiday, they receive a call to a handyman or woman who had fallen off a ladder—some with terrible injuries. So please be careful when your hedge requires you to use a ladder.
There is no need for formal hedges to exceed 600mm if regularly trimmed. Such barriers should have a very slight taper on both sides, so the base is wider than the top. They are known as cutting the hedge with a batter.
Tips for a symmetrical hedge:
Use a straight taut string line tied between two stakes. Take a great deal of carefully placing the stakes and be aware of what is under the ground when securing them with a hammer or the like.
If you would like to shape the top of a hedge, rather than have it flat, cut a template and move it along as you cut.
So many gardeners make this mistake. When cutting the top of a flat hedge, make sure you concentrate on keeping the shears or trimmers parallel to across the top of the border.
If cutting the hedge top, use a comprehensive sweeping action with the trimmers so that debris falls away from the hedge.