In most cases, homeowners will trim or prune their hedges/shrubs with electric shears or manually using long-handled clippers. While these may be the common and/or quickest ways to complete the task, such a general approach may not be conducive to the health of the plants in all cases.
Hedge trimming and shrub care should be based on several factors that are specific to the type of bush or shrub, including:
- Overall health
- Flowering period
- Ideal size (in scale with surroundings)
- Purpose – aesthetics, windbreak, privacy
- Need to promote growth and blossoms (in general)
- Need to promote interior growth (sunlight penetration)
Why Is It Essential to Trim Hedges and Shrubs?
Trimming is crucial to remove the overgrown parts of hedges and shrubs, maintain their health, and ensure aesthetically pleasing results. Also, this procedure helps to control pests and insects.
When is the Best Time to Trim Hedges?
Winter or early spring are typically the best times for hedge trimming services. In addition to this, you may opt for maintenance trimming 1-2 times a year during spring and summer. It is best to trim Deciduous hedges in midwinter and Evergreen hedges in mid-spring to ensure great results.
How are Formal Hedges Different from Informal Hedges?
Formal hedges are usually neater and tightly clipped, whereas informal hedges have a more natural shape and are typically trimmed less frequently to maintain the overall size.
How Frequently Should You Trim Hedges and Shrubs?
The frequency of trimming shrubs and hedges depends on their type. It is beneficial to trim slow-growing plants such as cedar, boxwood, yew, and hemlock at least once a year and clip shrubs a couple of times a year. You can trim privet hedges three times a year to maintain their appearance and ensure proper growth. As a prominent tree trimming service provider, we can help you determine the number of times your plants should be trimmed to promote their overall health.
Do Newly Planted Hedges Need More Care and Maintenance?
Newly planted hedges need more maintenance to ensure proper shape, growth, and longevity, which typically depends on the hedge’s type and density. They require formative pruning for 2-3 years to determine their shape.
At DreamWorks Tree Services, we take all of the above and more into consideration when providing hedge trimming service as well as pruning hedges and shrubs for our customers. Our shrub care experts are skilled and knowledgeable with respect to:
- Proper trimming techniques
- Appropriate tools to be used
- Promoting or preserving health
- Maintaining size and/or function
- Best times of the year for trimming
- Protecting against wind/snow damage
- Creating/sustaining aesthetics/curb appeal
To help maintain the health, vitality, and appearance of your hedges and/or shrubs, call the experts at DreamWorks Tree Services today at 647-924-2627 for more information on our hedge trimming and shrub care services.