Give hedges a good trim

They'll benefit from a little cutting to keep them in shape.

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A well grown hedge has many uses and it can greatly add to the design and look of the garden. Many different plants can be used to create a hedge such as privet, hawthorn, beech, hornbeam, laurel, Portuguese laurel, lonicera, yew, box, thuja and leylandii to name but a few.

In many situations hedges are planted to mark a boundary and it’s important to keep it maintained to prevent it from spreading too wide. It will provide privacy and interest all year round, especially if you choose evergreen plants. Hedges can also be planted within a garden to sub-divide the garden and create different areas where they also act as a good backdrop to other plants. As well as looking natural in the garden, hedges also make good wind-breaks, add interest and height and provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife. 

Hedges can be trimmed in various ways depending on the size or type of plant used in the hedge and by this time of the year they will be making new growth and ready for a trim to keep them in shape. Before trimming any hedge, always check for nesting birds, as many birds often have a late brood in July. If nests are found, delay the trimming until the young birds have fledged.