Don't miss out!

Subscribe to our Free Newsletter and get the latest from Sun Gardening:

Close

We and our advertising partners use cookies on this site. Please see our Terms of Use for further details.

Sun Gardening

Subscribe | About | T&C | Part of garden.help

Diagnose plant problems and treat garden pests

Gardening News

General Help

Specialists

Have a go...

Win and Save

Interactive Tools

Plant Doctor


More...

Home / Projects /

Hedge Trimming


Difficulty: / 5

You will need: Hedge Trimmer, Loppers, Cane, Broom

Over time hedges can gradually become wider and taller than originally intended. To deal with this, every so often more drastic measures than the regular trimming are need to bring the hedge back to its intended dimensions. This can involve cutting back into the older woody stems to stimulate new growth and rejuvenate the plants making up the hedge. This is best done in stages, hard prune one side and the top in the first year and deal with the remaining side the following year. (This type of renovations rarely works for conifer hedges)

Best time to do it:

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Step One:

Trim sides and ends

Step 1 of Hedge Trimming

Step Two:

Use a guide to get an even height

Step 2 of Hedge Trimming

Step Three:

Use loppers on thick stems

Step 3 of Hedge Trimming

Step Four:

Clean up trimmings

Step 4 of Hedge Trimming

Related FAQs


Ask a gardening question:


Looking for more garden ideas for this month? Try another project or watch a gardening video for some more inspiration.

Latest Gardening News



Gardening Projects for July


Learn about How to take softwood cuttings
Learn about  How to protect plants from heat
Learn about How to Divide Hemerocallis
Learn about How to: Maintenance Pruning
How to Divide Hemerocallis

Difficulty: 3 / 5

How to: Maintenance Pruning

Difficulty: 2 / 5

Gardening Ideas


Watch Now...

Sugar Snap Peas
Sugar Snap Peas

Plant Specialists

Diagnose orchid plant problems and improve orchid care
Orchid Doctor
Diagnose fruit plant pests and fruit plant problems
Soft Fruit Doctor
Do a soil test to find out your soil type
Soil Doctor
Diagnose pest and disease problems with fruit trees and bushes.
Top Fruit Doctor


Gardening Tools

Learn which plant pests attack which types of fruit.
Fruit Pests
Learn when and how to prune different types of plants
Pruning Guide
Learn which plants will grow in your soil
Soil pH Guide
Learn when and how to plant different vegetable seeds
Vegetable Planting Guide