Hedge Cutting, everything you need to know
A beautifully crisp hedge is a sight to behold. From neat rectangular and spherical bushes to topiary in whacky shapes, they need regular trimming to keep them looking smooth. If you treasure the hedges around your home, maintaining them so they’re up to your standards can require a lot of your time. On top of the practicalities of hedge cutting, there are even legal considerations to consider before taking any action in the UK. Working out when, how and even why to cut your hedges can get you in a muddle, but it doesn’t have to, with the right knowledge.
When’s the Right Time to Trim Your Hedges?
One of the most crucial questions for taking care of your hedges is when you should do it. Pruning and trimming your hedges not only keeps them in good condition, but also allows them to grow in a healthier manner too. There are two types of pruning and some key times when pruning your hedges should be the order of the day.
The two types of hedge pruning are:
- Formative pruning – for immediately after planting and two years afterwards, in the winter for deciduous hedges and in the spring for evergreens
- Maintenance pruning – for every summer, for all types of hedge
What the Law Says About Hedge Cutting
You might be surprised to hear that there are some laws you should know before you trim your hedges. Perhaps it seems a bit much, but the law around hedges helps to clear up a few important matters – and it can prevent disputes between neighbours! Here are some relevant laws that can help you out:
- Both neighbours are responsible for caring for boundary hedges. You can cut back parts of the hedge that come onto your property, even if the hedge doesn’t belong to you. If you own the hedge, you need to ensure it’s well-maintained and won’t cause any damage.
- You mustn’t destroy any birds nests that are being used or under construction. The RSPB recommends avoiding hedge cutting between March and August to avoid disturbing any birds.
- A high hedge (defined as more than 2m tall) that affects someone enjoying their home or garden (e.g. blocking a view or light) can legally be labelled anti-social. This could mean your neighbour can take steps to deal with it and even involve the council. Keeping your hedges under 2m tall might be best!
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