Hedges not only beautify your garden they can also protect your garden from the wind and provide visual barriers for increased privacy. It is important to monitor their order and neatness through regular trimming.
There are many types of hedges that differ in size, colour and maintenance requirements. You can even choose informal hedges with plants that will give you beautiful flowers and aromas such as lavender and hydrangeas. For this brochure we are focusing on formal hedges that provide shelter and boundaries. If you are looking for a low hedge it's best to choose one which is slow growing, such as an English or Japanese Box. For a high hedge, we recommend the Conifer range and others such as the Photinias and the Escallonia. Make sure to ask your nursery to assist you in choosing hedging plants that are suitable to your environment.
A crucial factor when cutting a hedge is keeping your cutting straight and consistent. An easy and efficient way of achieving this is to use a guideline. Simply use a length of string stretched tautly between two stakes as a guide for accuracy. On wide hedges you can trim half the width from one side and repeat from the other. You also have an option to taper your hedge sides to 15° or 20° (Fig 2). The sides of the hedge should taper slightly towards the top to allow light and rainwater to reach lower foliage and the ground at the base. You can use a string line positioned at the base and top to use as a base.
Fig 2. The hedge should taper slightly towards the top to allow light and rainwater to reach lower foliage and the ground at the base.