EASY STEPS TO prune A HEDGE
Gather your supplies
• Hedging shears
• Long-handled lopper
• Long-handled electric trimmer
• Organic compost
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.
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.