When should you not cut hedges?
We recommend avoiding hedge cutting during the main breeding season for nesting birds, which usually runs throughout March to August each year. This can be weather dependent and some birds may nest outside this period, so it is important to always check carefully for active nests prior to cutting.
When should you start cutting hedges?
If you’re wondering when to trim your hedges, it’s usually done sometime between spring and summer. You do, however, have to take into account potential nesting birds as nesting season may run from March to August.
When should overgrown hedges be trimmed?
Cut the lowest, heaviest branches back to the trunk if they look overgrown. Because pruning sparks new growths, pruning low on the shrub will encourage the dense foliage that defines hedges. Early spring is the safest time to do this; later in the year, you may snip off new growth, leaving hedges looking thin.
Can I trim hedges in the fall?
Remove dead or diseased wood anytime. Light shaping in fall for shrubs that have uneven growth is okay. Remove stems growing out of the shrub by cutting close to the parent branch, not by shearing. Shearing promotes new growth which is unwanted this late in the season, since it can cause winter damage.
Can my Neighbour cut the top of my hedge?
Your neighbour can cut any branches that are overhanging into their garden as long as they only remove the bits on their side of the boundary. If they want you to cut your tree or hedge just because they don’t like the way it looks, it’s up to you whether you do the work.
Can my Neighbour cut my hedge down without permission?
By law you are entitled to cut back the roots and growth of your neighbour’s hedges where they cross into your property, however you are not allowed to cut hedges on their property without permission. Similarly, your neighbour can trim your hedge on their property if it is becoming an issue.
Is it OK to trim hedges in the summer?
This comes after it was revealed how summer pruning can help stop your plants become too unruly. Pruning your hedges in summer means they’ll hold crisp and trim, not just for the rest of the growing season, but throughout winter. Monty added: “You won’t have to cut them until next year.”
Is it criminal damage to cutting Neighbours hedge?
It is absolutely not ok to trim your neighbour’s hedges: Coming onto someone else’s private property in order to cut a hedge is against the law and your neighbour might press charges against you.
How do I make my hedges thicker?
Trim the shrub annually after the third pruning to remove any dead, broken or diseased branches. Remove one-quarter to one-third of the branches each year to encourage thick, healthy interior growth. Cut back any branches that extend past the desired perimeter of the shrub.
Can you trim hedges too much?
Prune too much or too early, and you may stunt the tree just at the point where it needs lots of top greenery to support the development of its new root system. Shade trees, too, will be stimulated into new growth by assertive pruning, but they do not require the same vigorous pruning that multi-stemmed shrubs do.
How do you trim overgrown hedges?
1 Use loppers to remove one-third of the older stems, so sunlight can penetrate the hedge’s interior. 2 Find long stems that grow out of hedge, and snip them close to the ground. 3 Where one stem branches into two, cut just above the Y-shaped split. 4 Continue cutting older stems, but leave new growth.
Can you trim hedges with a chainsaw?
A chainsaw can be used to trim bushes, hedges and shrubs. While not as effective as a hedge trimmer, a chainsaw can cut fast enough to trim through lighter woods. However, if you ‘re looking for those precision cuts, a hedge trimmer will best serve your purposes.
What month should you trim bushes?
Generally speaking, shrubs and trees that bloom on new growth should be pruned in the winter and early spring, while those that bloom on old growth should be pruned in late spring or summer (i.e., after their flowers fade).
Is it too late to trim bushes?
Winter is usually the best time. Dormant pruning is usually done in late winter, six to 10 weeks before the average last frost in your area. You can prune shrubs at any time of year if it’s necessary—for example, to remove broken branches or dead or diseased wood, or to remove growth that is obstructing a walkway.
Is it better to prune in fall or spring?
For most trees, the best time for major pruning is late winter to early spring because wounds close faster. If you want to prune in fall, wait until trees drop their leaves and are dormant—usually October or November.