Trim de­cid­u­ous hedges

Garden News (UK) - - What To Do This Week -

De­cid­u­ous hedges, such as horn­beam and beech, put on a spurt of growth in late sum­mer, and now’s a good time to trim them back to pre­vent your hedge from be­com­ing strag­gly. Prun­ing en­cour­ages good, dense growth, which helps keep plants com­pact and tidy, and pro­motes growth at the base to pre­vent your hedge hav­ing ‘bare legs’. Use sharp se­ca­teurs to prune back each shoot, cut­ting at an an­gle next to a bud about two or three leaves above the base. Cut the top and up­per sides harder than the base to al­low more light to reach the lower leaves. Use a string line or bam­boo cane to en­sure the top’s level.

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