Cloud Landscapes Ltd | Chichester Tree Services | Guide to Hedge Cutting 

For many, the skilful accuracy and physical demands that tree surgeons deal with when hedge cutting is often too much. For others it's perfect. 

From the technical knowledge to the sheer physical fitness, it takes a great deal to become successful tree surgeons. In particular, when you consider the incredible accuracy that is required to perform tasks such as hedge cutting, it becomes extremely clear that it would take a great deal of education, qualifications and practical experience before someone could proudly proclaim to be an arborist of any note.

As such, as the number of people interested in living a life of climbing high tree tops and using chainsaws, it's important to really come to terms with just how much work goes into becoming tree surgeons. Explained below are some of the most important factors to keep in mind when deciding to enter the incredible world of arboriculture.

The first factor to bear in mind is that the most significant education in a field like this, comes from practical experience. When working on actual projects in the role of an apprentice, one can observe a great deal about the various procedures and priorities held by senior tree care specialists. In fact, by working on the seemingly more tedious tasks such as cleaning equipment, a great deal is learnt.

When to do the cutting

A good pruning regime makes it easier to control hedges. As with most garden maintenance, cutting regularly makes things much easier than leaving maintenance until the hedge has taken over the garden. Most evergreen hedges require trimming a couple of times during the growing season. Conifers need particularly regular attention due to their fast growth. In comparison, maintenance of informal hedges is determined by when they flower - springtime for the likes of fuchsia and rose; later in the year for berberis and forsythia.

How to cut hedges

With practice anyone can learn how to trim a hedge to perfection. Formal hedges will reward a systematic approach, starting with the top, followed by the sides and a thorough clear-up of the trimmings to help prevent the spread of fungal diseases. Guides typically recommend that informal hedges should be allowed to grow more naturally, with periodic trimming to make sure they don't get out of control. Don't forget your dwarf hedges either, those delightful box or rosemary varieties. For these, two sessions of hedge cutting should suffice - in spring and again in the middle of the summer.

Another great tip for freshening up the layout is to move plants from one part of the garden to the other. If you are moving shrubs, don't try it with anything too big, as you will have problem getting up all the roots. But for smaller shrubs such as daphne, rosemary or roses (again), all you need to do is first dig a sizeable hole where you desire to place the shrub. Put some blood and bone down the end. Then cautiously dig up the shrub you want to transplant, taking as much root and as much soil around the root as you can. Then move the shrub - roots, soil and all - into the pit where it's going to do. Put in as much soil as you need to fill the hole to the top, then water it.

Whatever their type, location and dimensions, the latest Hedge Cutting Service in Chichester will make essential maintenance easier, safer and more fun!