Hedge Trimming

When undertaking work on garden hedges check that there are no birds nesting, as it is an offence under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built.

New hedges require formative pruning for their first couple of years after planting. Formative pruning is usually carried out in winter or spring. After this, maintenance trimming is carried out, usually once a year for informal hedges and twice a year for formal hedges. Some formal hedges may need three cuts a year.

Suggested Trimmimg Timeline

Deciduous Hedge - 

Formative Pruning - In winter, just after planting, and for the first two years after planting
Maintenance Pruning - Each Summer

Evergreen Hedge - 

Formative Pruning - In the spring after planting and for the first two years after planting
Maintenance Pruning - Each Summer 

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