When is the Best Time to Trim Your Hedges? (Seasons, Timing & Technique)
That hedges can add to your curb appeal is not debatable. A well-maintained hedge can even go as far as to boost your property value.
Fortunately, with the right equipment, you can keep your hedges looking heavenly. But there’s much more to keeping a hedge looking great than having free time, a trimmer, and a bit of enthusiasm. The aim of this article is to let you in on the best time to trim your hedges, as well as tips to help you do a fantastic job.
The Best Time to Prune Your Hedges
This will depend on the type of hedge that you have in your yard; different types of hedges require pruning or trimming at different times. If you are not sure about your hedge, simply take a picture and perform a reverse image search on Google.
New hedges typically require trimming right after planting. Most hedge planting occurs during late winter or spring when the plants are yet to recover from dormancy. You can also plant in fall or summer when there is active growth. For those planted during spring, prune them immediately after planting before their buds begin to break. For summer-planted hedges, however, consider trimming them late in the season after they have gone dormant.
You cannot afford to prune a flowering hedge at the wrong time. This might result in the plant not producing flowers during the next season.
Flowering hedges can be placed into two separate categories: those that bloom on old wood and those that bloom on new wood. New wood bloomers typically do not produce flower buds until spring when growth begins. Old wood bloomers, on the other hand, produce the following year’s buds during the current year.
The directive, therefore, is to prune new wood bloomers during early spring to allow them to recover in time for growth season. For those that bloom on old wood, prune them immediately after they finish flowering to allow them enough time to recover and produce buds for the next year’s bloom.
- Prune in early spring for plants that flower on new wood. This allows them to recover in time to blossom on schedule.
- Prune flowering shrubs immediately after they finish flowering. You should do this as quickly as possible so that they have enough time to produce the buds for next year’s bloom.
- Hydrangeas are a very popular type of flowering shrub. Some types produce flowers on old wood and some on new wood. Make sure you know what type of hydrangea you have before choosing the right time to prove. As a rule of thumb, they need less trimming overall than other types of shrubs. They look their best when left as close to possible as their natural state. The exception for all plants is that dead limbs should be trimmed as soon as possible.
These hedges are typically grown for their foliage. Fortunately, they are not as fussy as flowering shrubs when it comes to the appropriate pruning time. The rule of thumb is to trim evergreen hedges right before they break their dormancy during late winter or early spring.
You should also consider performing regular light pruning during summer to prevent the overgrowth of branches. This is especially relevant when it comes to formal hedges.
Tips for Effective Trimming
You do not need to have a green thumb to do a good job at trimming hedges. All you need is the right equipment, knowledge, and practice. The following tips should get you started:
Well-trimmed hedges will dramatically boost the aesthetic appeal of your property. Moreover, they can help you hide parts of your compound that are less than flattering. The good news is that you can maintain your hedges with light trimming all-year-round. Deep hedging, however, requires that you know the appropriate times of the year for doing so. Hopefully, this article has been of help.
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