How to Trim an Overgrown Hedge: 6 Important Tips

One of the crucial parts of the American dream home is to have a nicely manicured lawn and neatly trimmed greenery in your home. Doing it yourself doesn’t have to be hectic if you follow some fundamental guidelines.

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The following six tips will guide you on how to trim overgrown hedge;

  1. Have the Recommended Equipment

Having the proper tools for the task is a great way to get started. We recommend using the below checklist.

  • Gloves 

Have thick gloves, especially sturdy leather or one made of heavy cloth. You’ll be thankful when it first saves the tip of your finger.

  • A Sturdy tarp 

This is not a mandatory thing to do, but if making a mess is of concern, it comes in handy. Just lay underneath the trimming zone, and the cleaning after will be easier.

  • Safety Goggles

Pieces of wood flying all over when trimming hedges. Therefore, ensure your eyes are well protected even when using just a clipper. You may want to avoid accidents that might have dire ramifications.

  • Hand Clipper 

You may want something that feels very natural in your hands and gives a good grip. If the clippers you’re using are not comfortable, you risk developing blisters and other avoidable injuries.

  • Hedge Trimmer 

A gas-powered or reliable, sturdy electric trimmer helps you reach those spots you couldn’t get last time. Just make sure you observe the safety measures.

  1. Timing Is Vital

To have your hedges grow back as neatly as you envisioned, you must get your timing right. Simply put, the timing of trimming depends on the plant type, so you must do some research before your maintenance.

Generally, these simple rules will help you in planning the time.

  • For the spring flowering plants, trim them after their blooming.
  • For summer flowering plants, the ideal time is early spring or the very end of winter.
  • With the non-flowering plants, immediately after the new growth is fully formed, you can trim them.
  1. Have the Right Tool for the Job

Having the right tool for every part of your trimming is vital for getting the desired outcome. For example, in the interior of the shrubs, a hand trimmer will allow you to cut as close as possible to the base of the branch. And, cutting close to the branch provides for faster healing. Additionally, have the removable foliage deep in your clippers and apply the ideal firm pressure to get a neat cut- This is also vital in promoting faster healing.

A hand trimmer could then sharpen the hedges. According to Backyard Mike advises using powered hedge trimmers to save time, especially in the rough shaping of the shrub with large growth. While electric trimmers are not as precise, they save you valuable time to allow you to get more close and accurate with the details on your hedge.

4. Get Rid of Overgrown Branches

The thicker areas should be your priority. Cut close to their main stems and thin them. Remember, cutting by the top of the branches only encourages faster new growth on top, but cutting at the base of the main stem guides the new growth along the branch in a neat manner.

5. Thin the Interiors

Go a little deeper into the plant and remove all the broken and dead branches. Thinning the interior is especially critical in promoting airflow and minimizing the chances of pathogenic growths or cases of mold.

But, remember not to get lost here. You might want to remove less than 1/3 of the growth. You don’t want to harm your plant.

6. Make Use of Strings

It is also another excellent way of making your trimming neat. Just slightly outside of the shrub, have four sticks at the four corners of the plants. Run leveled strings from one end to the other. Use the strings as your guide when trimming. And, be careful not to cut the strings while at it, or else you go back to zero.

As you might have noticed, trimming is not rocket science. It just takes some practice to become good at it. It is for this reason that landscaping has become a whole vibrant industry. Initially, it can be hectic, but the more you do it, the better your skills become. The trick is to be patient in the learning process.

Remember, while the size and shape matter, getting the right tool for the trimming could make all the difference.

The above tips will help you in your yard regardless of the season and keep your greenery tidy. Happy trimming!

Krystal | Sunny Sweet Days
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