Last Updated on April 5, 2020
Hedges are terrific for improving the aesthetics of the front of your home or business. They can also be used to screen less appealing part of your property from view.
Do you know the difference between hedges and shrubs? The terms seem to be used interchangeably. A little research reveals that the difference is only in how the plants are used. When used a fence or boundary they are called hedges. Shrubs can be planted as single plants or in any type of eye-pleasing grouping.
When determining the best time to trim your hedges, you need to first determine the type of hedge that you have. Different types need to be trimmed during different seasons. If you bought your property with the hedges in place and you are not sure what they are, take a picture and then do a reverse image search on Google.
Once you know your type of hedge, you can use the following guidelines to determine the best time to trim them to keep them healthy and pleasing to look at.
Flowering shrubs are divided into two categories: those that produce blooms on old wood and those that produce blooms on new wood. Those that produce on new wood do not produce flower buds until growth begins in the spring. Those that produce on old wood produce buds for the next year in the current year.
The best time to prune is right before their growing season. This normally means late winter to very early spring. These hedges tend to be hardy so mid-summer trimming of overgrowth is not going to be detrimental to established hedges.
Formal hedges with clipped and shaped tops and sides will require more frequent pruning. Those that are more informal only require as-needed trimming to keep them looking tidy and not overtaking their space (such as blocking sunlight from windows).
Most plants that are used as hedges are hearty and vibrant and do not require a great deal of care. Relax and enjoy your yard without worry over damaging your hedges. They are rugged and will withstand a few mistakes along the way.
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