The Ultimate Guide: Tips & Tricks for Proper Timing in Hedge Trimming
She adorns many gardens and serves as a privacy barrier to neighbours: the hedge. Whether it's a thuja hedge, boxwood hedge, or beech hedge, this popular vegetation requires proper care to thrive optimally. However, when is the ideal time to ensure the perfect trim for the hedge? And at what point should one let the sharp blades rest to protect the well-being of plants and animals?
In this blog post, we explain these questions and discuss the types of power sources for hedge trimmers, highlighting which is best suited for your garden. Find out everything you need to know about hedge trimming so you can get started right away.
When is the right time?
Hedges older than two years should be shaped into the desired form at least once a year, with ideally two maintenance trims annually. Generally, every trim stimulates the hedge to produce new growth. The optimal timing may vary depending on the plant species, but in general, the first trim should take place by the end of February or early March, before the first shoots emerge. The subsequent rapid growth will help conceal any unsightly cut surfaces and result in a densely packed hedge.
The second trimming can be done in summer or autumn, depending on the plant species. External temperature is crucial: never trim a hedge at temperatures below 5 degrees Celsius. New shoots that are not fully developed could be damaged by frost. Shaping cuts should never be performed in sub-zero temperatures or direct sunlight, as the fresh cut surfaces are highly susceptible to such conditions!
Animal welfare always takes priority! If you happen to discover a bird's nest in your hedge, it's better to forgo hedge trimming. In Germany, a significant step backward or even the removal of the hedge is legally prohibited throughout the period from March to September inclusive.