Hedge pruning

The gifts of the garden

We all know the importance that a garden has for its owner; first of all for it most people make many sacrifices, pursuing a desire often kept in the heart for years and years. Therefore, to rekindle the importance of the garden there is not only the economic aspect, but also and above all the emotional one; as if this were not enough, the bond between the garden and the one who lives it, takes care of it, admires it day by day is fed by everything that the garden gives to those who live in it and with it: a silent, peaceful welcome and full of serenity at all times if you need it, especially at the end of long days of work or in any case stressful, when we really need our brain to unplug from everything that daily tries to make us lose serenity, in order to reconnect to real life, to relationships with our loved ones and to the beauty that life beyond work offers us, because we must remember that real life is that beyond work, it is not that it must be our life. All this can only determine a primary role of the garden for our life.

Protect by decorating

The home garden is, as we have just analyzed, extremely important for those who live it and who have often made many sacrifices to own it; naturally the consequence of all this is that we want to protect the garden from all those who would like and could ruin it, or even from some intruding animal that could play some trick on it that is not exactly pleasant. The problem arises when one realizes that the most effective protections most often ruin the aesthetic appearance of the garden, which is not absolutely of primary importance in its functionality, but it seems clear that even for the owner’s personal material satisfaction it is not a negligible aspect. So here we decide to protect… by decorating, just as the title of this paragraph suggests; in this regard, in this article we are talking about the hedge, a plant conformation (whose species can vary between a group of particularly suitable ones) which is very often used to support iron or other ferrous materials, hiding the appearance of “Bars” or otherwise making it more acceptable. It is also an excellent solution for privacy, as most of the species are robust and very dense in branches and leaves, which is perfect for obscuring the view.

Pruning the hedge

A very important thing for those who own a hedge is that it must perfectly blend with the style of the garden, without being present for practical purposes but resulting in tone with the aesthetic that has been chosen to give to the garden. This means not only that the choice of the species must be accurate, but also that particular care must be taken, especially with pruning. As our attentive and passionate readers will certainly have already guessed, pruning depends on the species of hedge chosen; it is obvious that for every plant there is a better way and a better time. Before talking about the species used for hedges, let’s say that the way to cut pruning a hedge plant is almost constant: the hedge must be cut in order to give the shape and height we need, depending on what it has to do and where it is positioned; this is possible because, although they are different species, hedge plants have similar characteristics, that is a certain robust bearing, shrub character and density of vegetation, aspects that make pruning similar between the various species.

Hedge pruning: Times and hedge plants

Told in the previous paragraph about how to prune a hedge plant, let’s talk now about the time in which to do it; it is absolutely true that even in plants with a similar character, the pruning times (which follow those of the life cycle) can be very different, but in the case of hedge plants, part of what would be best for the plant is sacrificed with what is actually needed to us: during the winter season we go out very little, the garden is often difficult to use due to the temperatures and rainfall and therefore there is not all this need to pay attention to the shape of the plant. For this reason, the pruning of hedge plants is generally carried out in spring, or in March; then, to readjust the garden, small updates can be made every two weeks throughout the summer, until, towards October, you will notice that the plant will slow down its growth rate. Widely used species as hedges are: boxwood (English gardens with labyrinths), hornbeam, evonymus, laurel, privet and taxus baccata (all of these can be admired in splendid examples of images on the net). These are then flanked by other plants such as lavender, which combine the classic character of the hedges with the scent and color of beloved flowers (lilac is also recommended in this regard).

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