EASY STEPS TO prune A HEDGE

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Garden Upkeep -

Gather your sup­plies

• Hedg­ing shears

• Hand­saw

• Long-han­dled lop­per

• Long-han­dled elec­tric trim­mer

• Se­ca­teurs

• Or­ganic com­post

• Mulch

FOR YOU TO NOTE

This hedge hasn’t had a cut for many years. This is not a main­te­nance trim, but a for­ma­tive prune, which means cut­ting back hard, al­most to the wood. It helps form bet­ter branch struc­ture – so it looks like a hedge, not just a row of trees – with more lush fo­liage.

Here’s how

STEP 1 Use hedg­ing shears to cut back hard, start­ing with the larger branches that are stick­ing out.

STEP 2 Use a hand­saw to cut branches too thick for shears.

STEP 3 Use a long-han­dled lop­per for branches that are out of reach.

STEP 4 Cut back top of hedge with a long­han­dled elec­tric trim­mer.

STEP 5 Use se­ca­teurs for se­lec­tive cuts, cut­ting close to the nodes to en­cour­age new growth.

STEP 6 Put trim­mings through a mulcher and use later in the gar­den.

STEP 7 Af­ter a dra­matic fo­liage loss, the hedge needs a boost. Wa­ter soil, then lay or­ganic com­post or chook poo along hedge line.

STEP 8 Put a layer of mulch on top of the com­post.

STEP 1

STEP 6

STEP 7

STEP 4

STEP 5

STEP 8

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