Both formal and informal hedges require regular Hedge Trimming. This is important for keeping them dense, compact and in shape. DFWTreeRemoval.com offers, among other things, its high-quality Hedge Trimming services to homes located in the Dallas, Fort Worth area. Pruning and trimming involve special techniques, tools and machines. Unless a gardener is perfectly at home with such techniques, he should not venture for a pruning job all on his own.
Different Types of Trimming
The trimming and pruning methods will vary depending on the age and nature of the hedges. New hedges require formative trimming for the first two years. Winter or spring is considered to be the right time for such trimming operation. Typically, one should prune off half of the hedge growth during the late season that is in winter or in spring just before the bud break. Trimming the infant hedges to the half will encourage low branching and a more compact growth. The procedure will need to be repeated for the next year, too.
Once the hedges grow up and flourish, the gardener then needs to carry out maintenance trimming on them. If you want your hedges to look more formal, you will have to perform maintenance at least twice a year. There are certain types of formal hedges that require more than two trimmings a year. In case of informal hedges, the Hedge Trimming can be limited to one cut per year.
This is the most crucial factor when it comes to establishing hedges and Hedge Trimming. As is mentioned, the shaping should start from the third year. Before you decide on the shape, you will need to take certain factors into account, such as the type of the plant, the climate, the natural height and shape of the plants etc. A common shape adopted for hedges is the shape with vertical sides and flat tops. This, however, is an unnatural shaping and may cause a variety of problems. It is more profitable to go with the natural rounded or slightly tapered shapes.
If your weather gathers snow, the flat tops won’t be able to shed off the snow and the snow may break the branches of the hedges. The conical shapes, on the other hand, help to let the snow slide off the sides. The rounded or conical shapes also help the lower branches to get adequate sunlight and this contributes to thicker base branching.
Another important thing is to cut the hedges to the desired shape before they grow to their full height. If the Hedge Trimming is done once the plants have reached their full height, the plants will not be able to have maximum branches at the base.
Also, trimming methods differ depending on whether you are using deciduous or evergreen stocks for your hedge. The above mentioned method of formative training applies to deciduous plants. In case of evergreen nursery stock, you should only apply a light trim after one or two year. Once the plants grow and merge to form a continuous hedge, light and not-too-close trimming should be applied over these evergreen plants.
You must also keep it in mind that the heights you will need your hedge to trim to will depend on whether the hedge is made up of upright plants like box, hawthorn, privet, Escallonia, stocky deciduous plants like hornbeam, beach, hazel or conifers and most evergreens such as yew, bay, cypress, cherry laurel etc.
Hedge Trimming Tools
If you are looking to trim smaller hedges, the handheld shears are fine. But for larger edges, you will need petrol or electric hedge trimmer. The operator must also ensure that the equipment is well lubricated and sharp enough so as to cause no harm to the plants.
At DFWTreeRemoval.com, we employ only the expert and skilled trimmers to do the job for you. As you may have already grasped, Hedge Trimming is a specialist’s job and involves many intricacies. One also needs to have a good understanding of the equipments to perform the job in a neat and safe manner. So, you should only perform the job on your own if you are knowledgeable enough on the subject and are confident that you can handle the job. Otherwise, you can give us a call and we will provide you free estimates on price, service costs and consultations.
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