regular pruning can keep hedges and leylandii under control without effort
A well-maintained hedge provides an excellent boundary to a garden but, if left unchecked, such a hedge can soon lose its shape and end up casting unwanted shade. Whether you have let a hedge get out of control and need some help to tame it, or just don't want the hassle, call tree team Wales in Milford Haven!
Pruning informal hedges depends on when they flower. In Pembrokeshire's climate, Lavender, Fuchsia, Roses and other plants that bloom on the current year's wood are best pruned in early to mid-spring, but always with consideration for birds and other wildlife.
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leylandii hedges and trees
leylandii need regular pruning or these fast-growers will soon overtake their location.
Many people don't realise just how big Leylandii can grow, so many have been planted in inappropriate places and left unpruned. After very few years they can start to cause problems.
Conifers like these have small root balls, which means they can become unstable in high winds. If your Leylandii hedge has grown beyond control, it may be safer to have them completely removed, or at least drastically cut back by treeteam.wales.
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your questions, answered!
what you most frequently ask about hedge cutting and trimming.
Why do hedges need regular cutting?
A hedge is a dynamic entity; it will always be trying to develop into a line of trees through natural succession. There is no doubt that at some stage in the life of a hedge, it will need to be trimmed. This is done for many reasons including neatness, to thicken the hedge, to keep its growth under control and, in situations where there is a health and safety risk.
Why is it traditional to cut hedges every year?
Hedges have served different purposes here in Pembrokeshire down the ages, such as marking boundaries, keeping stock enclosed, and as a source of firewood. Nowadays, they are increasingly valued as wildlife habitats and landscape features, and means that their management is changing.
Will cutting my hedge every two years save me money?
Yes, cutting hedges on a two or three year cycle will save costs. However, regular cutting prevents ground shading and loss of low-growing plants, encourages bushy growth, which is favoured by many birds and other wildlife such as dormice. . . and, of course, maintains the decorating appeal of the hedge!
Where hedges contain mainly slow-growing species such as hawthorn, a two year cycle may be appropriate, but fast-growing species such as Leylandii, privet, ash and willow will need at least annual attention.
Will there be a lot of tidying up to do after hedge cutting?
Not at all! Tree Team Wales operate a clean site policy! Small bits of shoots and branches that fall to the base of a hedge will be allowed to mulch and decay there. . . long shoots and cuttings will be removed.
What time of year should hedges be cut?
As a general rule, we only cut most hedges in winter, in early spring, or very late autumn. Cutting in winter means that wildlife will have the time to take advantage of the nuts and berries produced during autumn but, if ground conditions make this difficult, we will cut as late as possible in September / October.
For many moths and some butterflies, cutting in August or September is better than cutting later, probably because winter cutting removes eggs laid on new growth in the autumn.
What is the law regarding hedge cutting in Pembrokeshire?
All wild birds, their young, their eggs and active nests are protected under law and so hedge trimming during the bird breeding season (1st March to 31st July), should always be avoided and is a criminal offence: nearly ever hedge in Pembrokeshire will have birds breeding in it during this time, with some continuing to breed into August.
How close to the ground should my hedge be cut?
Although cutting is necessary to keep a hedge thick, if it is cut back to the same point every year it will produce fewer flowers or berries.
Hedges can be kept bushy for many years by cutting them occasionally, but eventually they will become open at the base. Hedges with plenty of vegetation at the base support lots of wildlife, like frogs, toads, newts and lizards, who depend upon this dense growth for food, cover and places to hibernate. The hedgehog likes thick cover too!
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We aim to provide the cheapest professional tree and hedge care for domestic and commercial clients throughout Pembrokeshire, from Milford Haven to Haverforwest, Narberth and Solva.
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