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Advice on When and How to Trim Using the Best Hedge Trimming Tools Available.

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Hedge Trimming Advice to Help Complete your Cutting

Mole Valley Farmers has some top tips and products to help you with your hedge trimming

It’s that time of year again when you may be considering trimming your hedge in time for the autumn season. Mole Valley Farmers have some handy hints and hedge trimming advice on when and how to make your garden hedge look cared for. 


When to trim:

A good hedge frames a garden, adds structure to a border and can be a head turner in its own right. Getting a good finish on your hedge is a matter of regular, systematic cutting to keep the growth tight and bushy. The classic evergreen or semi-evergreen hedges such as privet, yew and Lonicera nitida can be cut as and when you feel it’s needed during the summer months. Fast-growing hedges, too, such as Leyland cypress should be clipped as necessary throughout the growing season but you need to be careful with these not to cut back into the brown, twiggy wood as they will not re-green


How to trim:

Hand-held hedge shears are fine for small hedges, but for larger varieties you’ll find it easier to use a powered hedge trimmer. No matter what you use, always make sure the equipment is sharp and well lubricated. Think safety if you’re using a powered hedge trimmer: goggles, gloves and long sleeves. Clear away any obstacles on the ground before you start – you won’t be looking at your feet – and consider long-reach hedge trimmers for tall hedges. Even vigorous hedges can be kept to no more than 60cm (2ft) wide as long as they’re regularly trimmed. 


Taper the hedge on both sides so that the base is wider than the top and light can reach the bottom of the hedge. Take a little time to check that there are no birds nesting before you start cutting your hedge. Not only is it against the law to damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it’s in use or being built, but we gardeners like our birds as they love to eat pests. As a rule of thumb, the bird nesting season is usually considered to run from 1st March to 31st July though it may last longer for certain species or multiple broods.


Products available to cut your hedge:

Mole Valley Farmers has a wide range of products available for you to cut your hedge with. From hand shears, and trimmers from popular brands including Stihl and Mountfield. 


Don’t forget that when the hard work of cutting is complete, a blower could make it easier to clean up! 



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