When to prune the hedge

When to prune the hedge

The when to prune a hedge distinguishes the way to intervene on it. Pruning a hedge means giving the plant the desired shape from the first days of life, guaranteeing a continuous replacement of leaves all year round. The important thing is to have in mind what you want to achieve as a final project, in order to help us achieve it with small tricks. Precisely in the first years the so-called training pruning is carried out, where you try to prune the hedge following a logic from the bottom up, to reach the desired height as quickly as possible. Instead the other pruning, that of maintenance, is mainly used to obtain the shape we want from the shrubs of the hedge. The most tiring period to perform this last pruning is certainly the end of June,

Plant a hedge

Before starting the installation of a hedge, it is necessary to carry out a kind of trench that is an excavation that determines the path in which we then want to raise our hedge. Once the imaginary or physical reference points have been taken, we begin to create lines that were first imaginary and then define them with the help of some posts and a stretched rope to obtain the contour lines of the hedge. The plants are placed and aligned in the trench created, thus continuing along the entire perimeter. Some hedges provide for the union of different species among the most common we can remember: Laurel: it is a rustic plant that grows quickly and can reach very high dimensions. It requires at least two annual prunings. Cypress: also this fast growing plant, can reach nine meters in height, ideal for quickly creating walls and barriers and protecting yourself from prying eyes. Magnolia: it is the classic hedge that we find in municipal parks and can reach more than ten meters in height. Yew: grows slowly and reaches an average height ranging from one and a half to three meters.

Pruning becomes an art

By now the pruning of hedges has become a real art, which allows you to create hedges resembling fantastic characters, numbers, writings, simple and complex structures such as animals, geometric figures such as cylinders, cones and even three-dimensional shapes. This art is called topiary. It all starts with what you want to make, the place to make it and what type of hedge fits our project. Starting from this, its skeleton and its perimeter structure are created using a common metal wire. It is advisable to arrange it before the hedge is planted, so that during growth, pruning will be carried out first for formation and then for maintenance, so that the cuts allow you to shape the hedge according to the structure we designed. The most used tools for this

Hedge pruning tools

The choice of tools suitable for pruning hedges must enable us to evaluate not the price but the quality of the tool itself. Very cheap tools can easily lose the cut and a dull blade can damage the branch while cutting causing dangerous infections. Surely to get the best results you need to use well sharpened scissors and shears. You can use manual shears for small branches, those with serrated blades for medium branches, loppers for larger ones, electric hedge cutters with single or double blades respectively for linear cuts or to create particular shapes. Also, do not forget that protection is the main thing that should never be underestimated when working with tools of all kinds. So use gloves,

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