There is no-doubt hedges offer a lot of benefits such as increasing property value, used for beautification, expressing one’s artistic side, and also to mark property boundary or s specific portion of a garden. To achieve a denser and compact hedge, it needs trimming. However, the million-dollar question is: when should a hedge be trimmed? In other words, what is the right time to do it?
Well, the good news is that; a hedge generally needs little care (at most trimming twice a year). Pruning a landscape hedge at the right time will help it develop to its optimum form while preventing it from overgrown or becoming too large. Nevertheless, before you start trimming, it is wise to disinfect cutting tools in a solution of bleach and water (ration 1:9, respectively) to prevent issues related to diseases.
It is important to remember that when it comes to hedge pruning, a few factors must be taken into consideration. For example, Formal (fully-grown) hedges require frequent trimming than informal (young or newly planted) hedges. Therefore, before getting too deep into edging, you first have to consider the kind or its growth stages.
In a nutshell, you need to account for the following:
• Newly Planted Hedges
New hedges generally need some kind of trimming after planting. These plants must be planted late in winter or spring before they are fully awake from dormancy. They can also be planted during fall or summer when they are actively growing. Pruning newly planted hedge involves cutting back upright stems to about 7 inches. This encourages branching and needs care.
• Deciduous Hedges
A deciduous hedge is a type of hedge that losses its leaves in autumn. For this reason, maintenance trimming should only be done early spring, before new leaf buds begin to break. Some only need removing deadwood. It is important to note that spring rejuvenation trimming keeps these hedges healthy and compact. You can also trim broken or badly grown branches as needed through the summer.
• Evergreen Hedges
If you live in areas where you do not experience snow, then you can plant evergreen hedges. These types of hedges do not really have a specified time for pruning. However, the best time to trim them is after when they are dormant or before breaking its dormancy (this is late winter or early spring). You may also need regular but light summer trimming to prevent brunch overgrowth or simply to control summer growth.
• Flowering Hedge
Trimming flowering hedges demands care and sometimes patience. That is because if you time flowering hedges at the wrong time, they will not be able to produce flowers the following season. Some hedge plants begin flowering, starting from late summer through to winter. These types of plants need spring trimming.
On the other hand, there are those plants that begin to flower early spring or summer. This type of plant can be trimmed immediately after flowering no-matter the season. If a plant produces its flower buds on old wood, then it is wise to prune immediately after its current blooming season is over. If flower boom on newly formed branches, then you can prune late winter when new growth is starting to take hold.