Hedge cut­ting tips and hints

Country Smallholding - - In Focus -

Try to cut in late win­ter — Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary. Where pos­si­ble, cut hedgerows ev­ery two or three years. If hedgerows have to be cut an­nu­ally, then try to cut the grass and plants at the base on a two- or three-year pro­gramme to en­cour­age wildlife. Do not cut in the nest­ing sea­son dur­ing March to Au­gust. Al­low the hedge to flower and fruit. Do not cut all hedgerows in the same year. Al­ways main­tain flails in a good con­di­tion to avoid dam­ag­ing the hedge. Main­tain the cor­rect ro­tor and for­ward speeds. A dif­fer­ence in hedge shapes and sizes will ac­com­mo­date a wider range of wildlife.

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