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when do you cut hedges?

Sorry for the lay person question but Just starting out and I just need some advice from pros on when you trim your hedges? Lots of varied advice online. Most hedges round here are various conifers, beech, privet etc. Are there general principles in terms of when to prune evergreens vs deciduous?

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  • If the hedge is looking untidy with bits sticking up, I just trim it.......... any species.......  If you trim it frequently, it looks nice all the time, thicken the hedge up and the whole job is really quick and easy with little  mess to clear up.  I find privets look nice once a month....... conifers every couple of months or so, beech hedges a couple of times a year.   You must not "intentionally" disturb a birds nest in a hedge so if you are aware of one,  you should give the hedge a miss for now.  I've found birds very reluctant to nest in regularly trimmed hedges so not found much of a problem myself. 

  • Conifer (leylandii type) once per year between October and December. Privet/Beech 2 trims per year in mid summer and again in the autumn. To keep them looking perfect one can do them more often but not when birds are nesting of course

  • You'll soon work out which creates the most waste, and how heavy a bag of beech clippings is as opposed to a bag of leylandi....

    Then, there's the thorns of a berberis as opposed to the thorns of a hawthorn....

    Then there's the pollen from a coneaster as opposed to the sap from a conifer....

    There's more to hedge trimming than meets the eye, but once you've learnt from your mistakes it can be a very good earner.

    Get yourself, a good ladder, set of tarps, leaf grabbers, blower, petrol hedge cutter, petrol pole pruner/trimmer, battery HLA 65 and battery HLA 85 and you can tackle absolutely any hedge.

    • can we discuss this 'any hedge' thing please??8753030268?profile=RESIZE_400x

      • I admit I may have overlooked the odd hedge where it is best to winch up a hungry goat to do the worst of the work for you 

      • Tim, I hear ya

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        • Mines bigger than yours 

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          • Deffo wouldn't be taking that on lol

          • Omg!!!! Fair play to you for tackling that!!!

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