Shap­ing box

Landscape (UK) - - In The Garden -

Ma­ture box hedges are best trimmed and shaped in Au­gust, when the new growth has be­come more hardy, the scorch­ing weather of mid­sum­mer has passed and bird nest­ing sea­son come to an end. A for­mal shape is a sim­ple way to bring struc­ture to the gar­den and can be acheived with the help of four bam­boo canes. These are tied to­gether to form a pyra­mid which is placed over the box plant to pro­vide straight edges and guide­lines. A pair of sharp, well lu­bri­cated shears are used for the cut­ting and any fi­nal tidy­ing done with a sharp pair of se­ca­teurs.

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