Trim conifers

A neat hedge now will hold its shape un­til spring Prune to shape now for the last time this year

Garden News (UK) - - What To Do -

Now’s the tra­di­tional time to give conifers a trim to tidy them up ready for win­ter. Growth has slowed down by this time of year so the hedge will keep its newly trimmed shape un­til it starts again next spring.

Trim­ming now also al­lows the wounds plenty of time to heal over be­fore the weather turns cold and frosty. If conifers are cut in the win­ter, there’s a chance that some of the cut branches will die back after heavy frosts.

All types of conifer can be trimmed now, in­clud­ing yew, thuja and ley­landii. Un­for­tu­nately, ley­landii has re­ceived bad press over the years, but when it’s trimmed and kept to a man­age­able size it makes a good, dense hedge and is no more dif­fi­cult to look after than any other type.

All that’s needed is an an­nual trim now to keep conifer hedges in shape and to main­tain the size. How you trim will de­pend on the size of the hedge, but whether us­ing hand shears or a hedge­cut­ter, the aim is to cut back all the new growth that has been made this sum­mer, back to the es­tab­lished shape.

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