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Too late to cut deciduous hedges?

I'm being asked to cut a deciduous hedge towards the end of the this month (only free time I have) - but wasn't sure if this was too late in the year? We're south of england, but frosts are happening and I give it two weeks before most trees are completely bare.

Are there any issues cutting hedges, particularly deciduous ones like hornbeam, so close to winter/in to winter?

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  • should be absolutely fine ben i can't imagine how it would harm them

  • No harm at all, trim right through winter. 

  • go for it ben, make sure you charge them plenty lol. horn beam hedges tend to keep some leaves in winter if kept regularly trimmed. so you may lose some of the screening function for this season by trimming now. but if left to get too mature they will drop all their leaves every autumn anyhow and make a see through hedge

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      Never had any adverse results cutting a pleached hornbeam hedge in winter in the North , 

  • No problem Ben... we often cut in the winter months

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    Absolutely fine Ben - when you think of the majority of Agricultural/roadside hedges - the hedge cutting contractors are often given a window between October - February to cut all the hedges on their books due to nesting season etc. Conifers are a different matter however.

  • Not too late at all. Better now, as the hedge is going into dormancy, than early March, when the sap is rising again. A late frost in the spring could kill off any buds that you have stimulated by cutting in Feb/ early March. 

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