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Hedge Trimming / Hedge Cutting / Hedge Maintenance

 Hedge Trimming / Hedge Cutting / Hedge Maintenance

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Who doesn’t like a perfectly manicured hedge?! But who wants to spend all the weekends on cutting hedges that gives you sore back, sore neck and sore arms for days even weeks yet the result is still far from professional!

At Auckland Tree Removals, our hedge men have specialised hedge trimming equipment such as high ladders and powerful hedge trimmers and experienced hedge workers to trim your hedge perfectly in a very short time.

A good hedge can be used within the garden to create the illusion of different spaces or rooms in your outdoor areas and provide privacy. Remember not all hedges have to be 2m high it is very easy to use smaller, lower hedges to edge paths and garden beds.  Hedges add another living element to your garden and home, they are a thing of beauty. A good hedge adds value and character to your property and best of all hedges are not that hard to grow.

 

Why use Auckland Tree Removals’ Hedge Trimming Services?

If a hedge is left to grow naturally, it will develop extended height and lateral growth. This causes the hedge to look “leggy” and bare. Proper hedge trimming stops this, improves the light and at the same time improves its stability in windy conditions. To have a well manicured hedge requires routine maintenance. A general rule is the more often you trim the hedge, the better your hedge will look as it encourages the shoots within the hedge to branch out and “fill in” the hedge to form a dense screen. Depending on the type of hedge, some clients have us back twice a year, some three, some four, a few even get us back every two months for light hedge trimming. Whatever your requirements are, our hedge trimming services is your best choice.

 Your safety

If you have a big hedge, and there are plenty of hedges over 2m high, you really need the proper access tools and equipment. You can hire them, but then you have to learn how to use them correctly and you still have to know how to trim your hedge so that it looks good, and so that it isn’t ruined. Remember, working at heights can be dangerous and is generally best left to the professionals.

Unfortunately, an untidy or non-straight hedge can spoil the look of your entire property. In this busy world many of us don’t have much time to spend on our gardens. There’s nothing worse than having a ragged hedge and telling yourself you’ll get around to trimming it. Many people have tried to trim and shape their hedge but end up with a mess, or cutting the hedge back too far or not far enough. In fact, effective hedge trimming is something of a fine art. Experienced hedge trimmers can give your hedge the perfect shape and finish, whether rounded, straight or with squared corners. Regular hedge cutting by garden professionals is also vital for managing the hedge and ensuring it grows as intended. We look after all types of hedges from ornamental edgings, shapes, topiary and the larger border or fence line hedges.

 Environmental benefits

Dense evergreen hedges are a useful way to reduce noise levels. The degree of sound deadening is directly influenced by the height, maturity and density of a hedge, and particularly by the elevation of the source of the noise – a noise from above the garden level being more difficult to reduce.

Hedges planted for sound proofing are also known to absorb air pollution, particularly useful if you live in a city environment and you want to grow your own healthy vegetables or want a relaxing garden where your children can play safely.

Hedges can also improve the environmental performance of buildings. They slow down winds thereby reducing the amount of heat lost from a home, especially where conductivity is high (e.g. glass windows) a hedge filters wind and calms it, which leads to improved air circulation and the formation of a sheltered microclimate. In the garden, this gives better growing conditions as a result of warmer soil. In seaside areas, a hedge is particularly useful in reducing salt erosion and damage to foliage from salt and sand.

Hedges can increase infiltration and storage of rainwater through their root systems meaning that your lawn will be lush with grass not soggy and waterlogged by invading moss.

Hedges can improve your carbon footprint, providing extra oxygen into the air and provide a sheltered environment and sometimes food for birds, butterflies and other natural wildlife.

Hedges also hide unattractive features, we don’t all have great views from every window and a hedge can quickly mature to whatever height is appropriate to block the view of rubbish bins, washing lines, compost heaps, or ugly buildings.

 

Social Benefits

Hedges may have a positive impact on both physical & mental health and wellbeing. Green views and access to green spaces in cities helps to relieve the everyday pressures of crowding and noise. Research shows that kids are better able to concentrate, complete tasks, and follow directions after playing in natural settings.

Hedges are unlikely to be graffitied unlike ugly fences or walls!

Hedges improve the quality and perception of the urban environment a tidy hedge can look far less imposing than a large screen of plain wooden panels, a green environment is much more appealing, hedges provide soft screening and privacy.

Hedges can have seasonal variations in colour, growth, flowers, and perfume which provide all year round interest.

Hedges provide a more secure environment for your home than a fence that can be easily scaled by unwanted criminals and burglars.

Hedges provide privacy to a home enabling you to enjoy relax in your garden and sunbathe, enjoy precious time with friends and family without feeling like you are being watched by nosy neighbours!

 Economic Benefits

Hedges and other planting have the potential to increase residential and commercial property values by between 6% and 20%.  Hedges help to create a positive perception for prospective purchasers of property. They soften new build houses and give immediate character and warmth. Hedges can improve the environmental performance of buildings and therefore the economic performance through reducing heating and cooling costs. Hedges are the classic way to give an outdoor area a touch of class. A beautifully trimmed hedge is the perfect finishing touch to your garden. Thinking of increasing value of your property? A perfect hedge will certainly help!

Annual Hedge Maintenance

Auckland Tree Removals’ hedge services offer very competitive rate for annual hedge maintenance services (quarterly) to all hedge owners, Call us today if you want your hedge looking mint all year long!

For free hedge trimming / hedge cutting quote please contact our hedgemen at

info@aucklandtreeremovals.co.nz

Hedge Trimming / Hedge Cutting / Hedge Maintenance – Central Auckland 09 480 6540

Hedge Trimming / Hedge Cutting / Hedge Maintenance – North Shore Auckland 09 480 6588

Hedge Trimming / Hedge Cutting / Hedge Maintenance – South Auckland / East Auckland – 021 686854

Hedge Trimming / Hedge Cutting / Hedge Maintenance – West Auckland – 021 051 9313

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For those who want to do a DIY hedge, below are some good tips from STIHL:

 Hedge trimming tips

Keep it sharp.

Sounds obvious, but keep trimmer blades sharp. If cut branch tips appear ragged or light in colour, or if blades snag on the hedge, the blades are probably blunt and tearing rather than slicing material. Take the trimmer to a STIHL Approved Dealer for professional sharpening.

Keep it clean.

A blade that is not clean is not efficient. As a hedge is trimmed, sap builds up on the blades, setting hard like glue. Use an approved cleaner – like STIHL resin solvent – to keep blades in top condition.

Keep it in order.

Cut the vertical sides of a hedge first, using an upward and downward sweeping motion and moving forwards along the hedge as you work. When trimming the top of a hedge, angle the blades at around 10° to the horizontal and use a horizontal scything motion to sweep cut material off the hedge.

Keep it safe.

Always use recommended protective clothing, and follow safety instructions when using a powered hedge trimmer.

How to cut a chest high / medium size hedge: use a standard hedge trimmer

Cutting the sides of the hedge vertically

The first step is to cut the sides of the hedge vertically in a sweeping arc-shaped movement. A hedge trimmer with double-sided blades means you will save time as you cut in both the upward and downward stroke. Walk forwards as you work, cutting along the length of the hedge.

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Cutting the top of the hedge

When cutting the top of the hedge the cutter bar should be held horizontally at a slight angle (around 10°). Remove the clippings from the hedge with scything movements.

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How to cut a tall hedge / long reach hedge: Achieve more with a long-reach hedge trimmer

Cutting the tops of tall hedges

The angled cutter bar enables even the top of tall hedges to be cut above head height.

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Cutting the sides of tall hedges

When cutting the sides of a tall hedge, simply adjust the angle of the cutter head according to your working position. Keep it straight when you are close up, set it at an angle when you’re standing apart.

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How to maintain and trim your hedge:

New hedges should be pruned from an early stage to establish a shape and prevent leggy, unhealthy growth. The amount you prune back will depend on the type of hedge.

Start shaping the hedge as soon as practical – a formal hedge whether new or established, should be tapered so that it is wider at the bottom than the top, ensuring the lower part will get the sunlight it needs for healthy growth.

Once the hedge is established, regular maintenance will ensure it keeps healthy and neat. If you’re experienced you can cut a hedge by eye, but it can be a good idea to set your lines with lengths of string taut between canes. If a formal hedge has got out of shape, cutting it back severely is often the only remedy. But bear in mind that this method is not suitable for all species. Conifers, in particular, react badly if you cut into old wood.

Hedge cutting seasons and the frequency of cutting depends on the species, but as a rule of thumb, formal evergreens like box or privet should be trimmed around two to three times a year during the growing season (around May to September); and some fast-growing conifers like leylandii may need trimming more frequently to keep them in control. Do not cut conifers after the end of August. Stocky deciduous hedges like beech or hornbeam should be cut in late August, and if major renovation is required, do that in late February whilst the plant is still dormant.

Always remember, it is important not to cut too early in the year so as to avoid disturbing nesting birds.

 

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