Hedges are the perfect substitute for fencing and are a great way to add a creative and eye-catching look to your garden.

However, in order to maintain an evergreen hedge or hedging surrounding your garden beds, they require extra care and attention to ensure that they do not start appearing brown, dry and under-nourished.

It is important to follow a strict care plan when it comes to hedging to ensure that your hedging can survive a variety of weather conditions and remain nourished.

Hedge care and maintenance largely depends on the size, shape, type of hedge and cut design you may have implemented.

However, these hedge maintenance tips can be applied to almost any type of hedging:

 

Fertilise your evergreen hedges

Fertilising these types of hedges are important as they require high maintenance. Using at home fertiliser mixes containing hoof and horn meal, will help keep the soil surrounding your hedge loose and free to retain the appropriate nutrients.

 

Water your hedges regularly

It is important to regularly water your hedges, especially in dry seasons like Summer and Winter as the cold can impact how your hedge grows. In Summer, hedges can be easily prone to burning and drying out.

Evergreen hedges usually retain moisture and remain hydrated for longer, so do not require as much water as deciduous or flowering hedges.

 

Mulching

By mulching the soil around your growing hedge, you can be sure that your hedge soil will remain fertile and hydrated which will assist with the overall growth and healthy development of your head. Mulching will help your hedge retain moisture better.

 

Prune your hedges

It is essential to maintain consistent hedge pruning to avoid your hedge looking un-kept, messy and bushy.

In the first stages of planting and growing your hedge, pruning needs to remain consistent and done several times to help with training your hedge to grow in the way and shape you want it to.

More harder pruning should be done in Winter. For any hedges that are more shrubbery type of hedging, they only need to be pruned very lightly once or twice during their most fertile season.

 

Careful trimming 

It is important to ensure that you are trimming back any deadwood, branches and leaves that can be potentially harmful to your hedge and encouraging healthier growth.

Avoiding over trimming is important as the more you cut down, balding in certain parts of your hedges can occur and take a long time to grow back.

Shaped hedges should be trimmed three times during spring and Summer. Other hedges can stay trimmed one a month or bi-monthly, depending on the growth rate of your hedge.

Trimming the sides of your hedge on an angle (less on the bottom than the top), will help your hedge look continually luscious and thick.

At Jim’s Mowing, we believe in high quality garden care and applying to appropriate garden services and treatment to all trees, plants and hedging.

If you want to learn more about our specific garden services available, please call us on: 131 546 to speak with a member of our team about how we can provide you with a beautiful and healthy garden all year long.