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Hedge Combing ?

Is there such a technique as '' hedge combing '' not cutting !

I have had a request to comb a hedge which surrounds  garden . 

I have not seen the hedge but its described as evergreen and long but they dont know for sure . 

 never had to comb a hedge is it a procedure or technique used on a specific type of evergreen hedge ?

Thankyou.

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      Its a new one on me too . It sounds like some sort of tiered conifer thats infested with debris and dead needles but its quite a specific request . 

      I might be able to get to see it next week . 

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    Having been intrigued I tried an internet search which suggests it is a viticulture term, something you do to grape vines to let the sun in:

    Combing: This is the generic term for positioning shoots in a vertical downward position (Figure 27). Combing is conducted on high trellis systems such as HWC and GDC.

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      Thanks Yes . I googled that also , its the only reference i could find combing vines . 

      I can imagine a vine to be full of withering leaves this time of year and could be infested with  a wisteria and clematis growitng through it something like a montana . Golden hop can look a bit untidy also and russian vine . 

      Its just they asked if i am familiar with the the combing of shrubs , I asked what is the shrub but they are not sure which rules out a vine . 

      conifer or some sprawling climber is my guess .

      i can't view it for a couple of weeks owing to current situation , just thought i would familiarise myself with the technique or art of hedge combing in the meantime but now not convinced there is a great demand for it .

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    You just reminded me of my mother, she insisted the copper beech hedge had to “be pruned from the centre” rather than just having a hedge trimmer run over it, to take the thick woody stuff out rather than leaving raggedy chopped off branches.

    My mother would have expected the lady in the Stihl advert that’s currently in the right hand side bar to have a decent pair of secateurs and a pair of loppers with her, not just the cordless electric hedge trimmer.

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      Which hedge would you like combing Sir ?? 

      The one next to the Barber Que !!! 

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