Hedge Cutting and Pruning

Most Gardens in Reading possess a hedge of some kind of hedge that requires cutting, the hedge may have a primary function or it may just look attractive. Whatever the purpose of your hedge it must be maintained just like any other plant or shrub in the garden. Most functional hedges or screens are evergreen although Beech and Hornbeam also make excellent screening material. Smaller hedges may be made up of plants or shrubs growing side by side to produce a colourful boundary.
The type and positioning of your hedge depends on several factors, as well as personal choice. The most important being access for maintenance and pruning. The majority of hedges are cut twice a year – once in late Spring and once in early Autumn.
Occasionally badly neglected or overgrown hedges may need to be cut back hard or split to give them a new lease of life. The short term appearance of bare patches will be more than compensated by the vibrant growth of regenerated plant material. Examples of hedges which can be cut back hard are Hornbeam, Box, Hawthorn, Privet, Beech and Berberis.
Pruning is to cut off or remove dead or living parts or branches of a plant to improve shape or growth. A rose plant, fruit tree or decorative garden shrub has to be cared for and seasonally pruned in order to keep it highly productive or flower for long periods.
Pruning can be hard or light, for example trees that produce soft fruit have to be cut back severely to promote new growth. On the other hand Roses may just have to be dead-headed to promote new growth.
Many plants have to be pruned at certain times of year, this is known as seasonal pruning. Usually this is when non productive growth is removed to make way for new growth. An example of this is rose plants and climbing plants.