Chichester Hedge Cutting and Tree Surgery Services

It is only possible to keep your Chichester hedges looking beautifully manicured with regular garden maintenance? 

Our experienced arborists will be able to identify the plant species for you to ensure the correct timing and extent of the hedge work required. 

By reducing the number of annual cuts you can keep a hedge in check but still enjoy the flower, fruit and autumn colour that the species provide. 

As a rough guide here are some common hedging plants with their tolerance to heavy pruning. If heavy pruning is not an option then more regular trimming will be necessary. Trimming will be very species dependant but here is a rough guide:

  • Beech (Fagus sylvatica): Tolerates relatively hard pruning.
  • Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) Tolerates very hard pruning).
  • Box (Buxus sempervirens): Tolerates relatively hard pruning.
  • Elaeagnus: Tolerates very hard pruning.
  • Euonymus: Tolerates very hard pruning.
  • Griselinia: Tolerates hard pruning. 
  • Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna): Tolerates very hard pruning.
  • Holly (Ilex aquifolium): Tolerates hard pruning.
  • Holm Oak (Quercus ilex): Tolerates hard pruning.
  • Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus): Tolerates hard pruning.
  • Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus): Tolerates very hard pruning.
  • Lawson Cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana): As a hedging plant it does not tolerate
  • hard pruning.
  • Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa): As a hedging plant it does not tolerate
  • hard pruning.
  • Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica): Tolerates hard pruning.
  • Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium): Tolerates hard pruning.
  • Pyracantha: Tolerates very hard pruning.
  • Western Red Cedar (Thuja species): Tolerates relatively hard pruning (on of the few
  • coniferous tree species that does).
  • Yew (Taxus baccata): Tolerates relatively hard pruning.
  • Informal hedges

Evergreen hedges

  • Berberis darwinii: Immediately after flowering
  • Cotoneaster lacteus: After fruiting
  • Escallonia: Immediately after flowering
  • Lavandula (lavender): Immediately after flowering
  • Pittosporum: Late summer
  • Pyracantha: Late summer Deciduous hedges
  • Berberis thunbergii: Immediately after flowering
  • Forsythia: After flowering, remove some older stems
  • Fuchsia magellanica: In spring, remove old stems
  • Rosa rugosa: In spring, remove thin twigs

Hedge maintenance tips

  • Prune those plants that flower on the current season’s growth, like as Fuchsia, once in spring, as they will still be able to produce flowers that year.
  • For plants that flower on one-year-old growth like Pittosporum, reduce the current season’s growth by half in summer.
  • In the case of shrubs that produce berries, such as Cotoneaster and Pyracantha, delay trimming until the berries disappear.