How to... trim a hedge
Transform your shaggy, overgrown hedge into a crisp shape
Follow our tips for the perfect trim.
● Although many think that a horizontal top with vertical, straight sides is the best shape for a hedge, a gradual slope to the sides is, in fact, best. The hedge's sides should be wider at the bottom than they are at the top to allow light and water to fall upon it more evenly.
● Use powered shears on all but the smallest of hedges.
● Use a circuit breaker and always wear goggles and gloves.
● When cutting the hedge, stand back often to check its shape, using a bamboo cane as a guide to ensure the sides and top are straight.
● It's safer and easier to trim a hedge using electric shears in dry weather.
● Hedges with large evergreen leaves may need ragged leaves to be tidied up, so trim with secateurs.
● Finally, a lot of clippings can be generated when cutting a hedge. Laying a tarpaulin or plastic sheet along the bottom of the hedge will make it easier to collect them. Shred large clippings before adding them to the compost heap.