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Caring For Your Hedge

Hedges are usually planted to mark the boundaries of a garden they can provide valuable wind break and offer privacy in the garden. Whether it's a formal or informal hedge it's important to choose carefully what suits your requirements it is essential the plants chosen should respond well to continued pruning.  A formal evergreen hedge will need trimming up to three times in a year to keep it looking well maintained and stop it losing its shape and casting shade over the garden.  Informal flowering hedges still need a little maintenance but look at their best if they retain their natural shape and trimming will depend on the plants chosen and when they flower.

Newly planted hedges will need to be cut back so reduce the leading shoots and side shoots by a third to encourage the plants to produce dense branches.

Deciduous hedges sometimes need formative pruning during winter to maintain them, prune when the hedge is dormant this is done to retain its shape, depth and height and may require cutting into old wood. The base of the hedge needs to be wider than the top if the sides of the hedge are vertical the lower branches receive very little light and the lower branches could dies back. They then require trimming again during summer.

Evergreen hedges need cutting once a year this is ideally done during early spring or early autumn from August onwards to keep them neat and tidy it can be trimmed twice a year for a neatly clipped hedge.

Informal flowering hedges are made up of a mix of different flowering shrubs and can be extremely colourful offering a long season of interest as well as a valuable habitat to wildlife offering both food and shelter.  They can be left to a certain degree to retain their natural shape offering an impressive display.  Prune the plants as required according to their requirements usually this is after they have flowered this type of hedge is easy to maintain.

Prune Your Hedge
Feeding Your Hedge
Hedging plants can be very demanding on the soils nutrients as the plants are planted close together, because of this they should be fertilised at least once a year.  It is a good ideas to mulch around the base of a hedge with garden compost or manure that can be bought in bags from garden centres.  During early spring as the ground warms up and the hedge is just beginning to show growth feed it with a slow release fertiliser these are an economical and easy to use fertiliser and should be applied to a damp soil.

GROWMORE this is a pelleted high nitrogen feed that will promote leafy growth and strong root growth use at a rate of 140gram per square metre.

FISH BLOOD AND BONE this natural plant food improves the soil and promotes strong root growth use at a rate of 70gram per square metre.

CHICKEN MANURE PELLETS this is dried chicken manure in pellet form and is a high nitrogen feed that will promote leafy growth and strong root growth it also enriches the soil, use at a rate of 100grams per square metre. Do not use fresh chicken manure as it can burn the roots of the plants

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