Just like trees, hedges require regular maintenance to keep them healthy, safe and under control. They need to be pruned in the early stages of growth, for example, so they take on the desired form, and then they should be trimmed at least once a year to stop them from getting overgrown.
Here at Fair Oaks Tree Services, we offer a full range of hedge trimming services to ensure your hedge is a suitable height, shape and density for your needs.
When a hedge is first planted, it requires formative pruning. This helps it take on the desired shape while it is young, so that it looks as neat and attractive as possible for years to come. Formative pruning also stops the branches from becoming cluttered and overcrowding the hedge, improving its chances of remaining healthy. If a hedge produces fruit, for example, formative pruning helps to ensure that the fruit is as large and high quality as possible.
We always advise carrying out formative pruning just after a hedge has been planted. The time of year this should be done depends on the type of hedge: while new deciduous hedges (e.g. beech, hawthorn and hornbeam) should be pruned in winter, new evergreen hedges (e.g. conifers) need to be pruned in spring.