HEDGE MANAGEMENT

We are able to perform a wide range of hedge maintenance tasks. Through discussion with our clients, we can determine what would be best solution for their needs whilst gaining the most out of the hedge. Should you have any queries or would like to discuss some options with us further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What can we do?

New Hedges

We can advise which species would be most suited to your garden and when to plant them. Once decided we can plant the hedge for you and ensure its survival. New hedges require formative pruning for their first couple of years after planting. Formative pruning is usually carried out in winter or spring.

After this, maintenance trimming is carried out, usually once a year for informal hedges and twice a year for formal hedges. Some formal hedges may need three cuts a year. Maintenance trimming is generally carried out between spring and summer.

Hedge laying

The process of making or maintaining a hedge by weaving partly cut branches through the upright stems of a row of shrubs. This is a service which we take great pride in and invite you to look at work we have done previously.

Hedge maintenance

Hedges inherently require attention each year but it is easy to miss a year due to a variety of reasons. Once left untended for a year, a hedge can grow with surprising speed and soon be out of control.

Our team are experienced in the following areas of maintenance;

-       Annual maintenance

-       One off maintenance

-       Reduction – reduction in height and width as appropriate

Hedge Removal

We also offer hedge removal, a service which is often requested as part of a wider landscaping project. As part of this service, we can tailor the remedial works after removal to suit your requirements for the next phase.  

Boundary Disputes

Our experienced team has a great working knowledge of the legislation in relation to hedge and boundary disputes, including guidance on the High Hedges Act 2005. Although we can offer our opinion on our interpretation of the legislation, we strongly advise speaking to a suitably experienced legal advisor for the best possible advice. Should you wish, we can recommend suitable legal advisors.

Considerations before maintaining your hedge

There are a few things that need to be considered before work can begin on the management, maintenance or the removal of a hedgerow. 

Hedgerows provide a natural habitat for many animals and there are rules and regulations that we must abide by.  For example, all wild birds are primarily protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) amongst others. This includes their nests while being built or in use and any eggs which may be contained within them.  Bird nesting season is usually considered to be between 1st March and 31st July and so there is a risk of committing an offence if work is undertaken between these dates.