Tackling the hedges may at first thought be a simple task, but there is lots to take into consideration!
There is no doubt that all our hedges are growing like mad at the moment, keeping on top of formal hedging is a must. If we let hedges become to heavy they are more likely to suffer from wind damage. With the Bank Holiday coming up we will all be out enjoying the garden and we want it to look good, however it is also nesting season. This means any major re-shaping or hard pruning needs to be left for later on in the season, from end of June onwards.
It is possible for a professional to lightly to trim hedges without causing too much of a disturbance to any inhabiting wildlife. Your professional should check for any signs of nesting birds. This may be birds frequently entering or leaving the hedge or birds carrying insects or material back to the hedge. It is also worth looking out for wildlife using the hedge as a food source. Flowering and fruiting hedges such as Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Privet or Elder provide a vital food source for many garden birds. Which we all enjoy visiting our gardens.
Another benefit to cutting the hedges at this time of year is that the new growth is tender and can be added to your compost heap as green waste. This will help reduce waste costs and benefit your garden later on in the year.
Did you know? …..
Hawthorn can live for over 300 years and is actually part of the rose family!