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Hedge trimming is the process of cutting or removing dead and overgrown branches, done to allow new growth and to make hedges look tidy and neat. Not only does trimming your hedges look professional, there are some benefits to it too. Giving hedges a proper trim will make sure they grow more evenly and full. We will help determine the seasons and the frequency, two or three times a year, or more frequently of your hedge trims because it depends on the species of your plants.
To introduce a whole new look and feel to a garden or yard, our team can provide your lawn with
- An appropriate shrub with compact leaves and good growth.
- A wire or wooden frame that is placed on the outside of the shrubs.
- Adequate light and water conditions.
- Hand secateurs and a powered hedge trimmer.
- Cable ties to control branch direction and growth.
Rolling wave hedges have nice and straight sides with a gentle rolling top that raises up and down. This design actually resembles hills and can help a hedge seamlessly blend into the scenery behind it. But how do you achieve this effect? It’s actually quite simple. Once you have taken care of the sides, stake several tall bamboo canes at equal distances along the length of the hedge. Spread them further apart for gentler waves or closer together for more peaks.
Once the canes are in place, begin by starting at one end of the hedge and cut upward toward the first cane. Keep the angle gentle and once you reach the first cane, begin to cut downward toward the next one. Repeat this along the entire length of the hedge. Always have the two ends of the hedge begin with the lower part of the wave for a perfect finish.
These dramatic tops give hedges a unique and gothic appearance. Castle tops work by cutting out alternating box shapes from the top of the hedge. This type of sculpting is perfect for those who love a symmetrical finish with straight lines. However, this one does require a little bit of precision. You will need a tape measure, string and bamboo canes at hand.
Measure your hedge and then approximately every 12 inches stake a bamboo cane into the ground. Once all of the canes are in place, measure the hedge down 10 inches from the top and mark each cane with a black marker pen at this position. Tie the string to each cane and work out where you want the cutouts to be. Using a hedge trimmer, cut vertically down to the height marked on the first and second cane. Then cut between them horizontally to cut out the box shape.
Do not cut between the second and third canes and move on to the third and fourth canes. Repeat the process until you have worked along the entire hedge. The sculpted edges may look bare for a few weeks, but this will quickly grow in again. Maintain it with a gentle trim once every 6 weeks during the warmer seasons to keep its shape.
Maintain your tools for a superior cut. Regular lubrication and sharpening will help prevent any dull blades from damaging your hedge. One of the biggest culprits for hedge damage are blunt tools that create blunt cuts. The sharper your tools are, the cleaner the cut will be.