hedge cutting

Hedge Cutting & Hedge Maintenance

As a well established Chichester based Garden Services Company we are often asked about our Tree Surgery Services.

Cloud Landscapes Ltd are regularly contracted to help maintain and manage a wide variety of areas from stately homes to vast land areas.

This week we were asked to tackle a very large hedge in Hambrook, West Sussex. The hedge was used as part of a boundary for a very large field. Unfortunately it had been left for some time and grown to a size which could be no longer managed by a tractor flail attachment.

Our associate Guy was put in charge to tackle the 250 metre stretch of hedging which needed to be reduced to approximately 5ft just above the fence line. The sides also needed to be reduced back in the same manner.

Despite the snow and freezing cold temperatures the team were able to complete the job in record time. This also helped the client avoid any setbacks due to the nesting bird season.

If you are looking for regular hedge cutting services, hedge maintenance or regular garden services, contact Cloud Landscapes Ltd today. We are your trusted Tree Surgeons throughout Chichester, West Sussex!

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Before & After Photo.

Crown Lifting - Tree Surgery Services Chichester

What is Crown Lifting? Tree Surgery terms explained.

The lower branches can be cleared through this tree service, particularly if the crown is undoubtedly too big for the place. This is most especially necessary if you want to have better lighting for your garden. Also, this can provide your place with more space

In case that the plant becomes an obstruction to a pathway, a view or a structure, this can be done to make clearance and better space available. Most of the time, the entire lower branches are removed in order to highlight clearance of the base of the crown. The work is based on the distance between the ground and the lowest branches.

Tree Crown Lifting is the removal of tree limbs, and is done for functional and aesthetic purposes. If a limb becomes damaged or diseased, it may need to be pruned to preserve the health of the tree. Some people also do this to their trees to increase foliage or direct growth for aesthetic purposes.

Avoiding Disease

Perform Tree Crown Lifting to keep your landscaping healthy. Overgrown, crossing branches can cause damage by rubbing against each other. Dead, damaged, or diseased branches attract harmful pests that can affect the overall health of the plant. Trimming strengthens timber, because the plant is able to focus its growing energy toward the core instead of the peripheral branches. Stronger hardwood is able to weather storms better, without toppling or losing branches.

Attractive Growth

Trimmed hardwoods are generally more attractive than overgrown ones. When you cut according to the natural growth of your landscaping, the stock will assume its natural form and shape. It's also more likely that trimmed trees will produce more vegetation and flowers. This can translate directly to a higher fruit yield for fruit-bearing specimen. Because storms often damage untrimmed expansion, you can keep your saplings more attractive and less susceptible to storm damage by trimming.

If you are on the hunt for tree service or Tree Surgeon in Chichester, that can give you great offers while providing quality service, think about going to Checkatrade Tree Services in Chichester to view Cloud Landscapes Ltd customer feedback. There's a reason why they've lasted so long in the tree business! Hurry up and schedule an appointment!

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.