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At Tree Wise we can help with a range of hedge management services whether it is to plant and establish a new hedge, trim and maintain an existing hedge, reduce the height of an overgrown hedge or develop a more frequent schedule to keep your established formal hedges looking perfect.

Call us today to arrange a free quotation so we can help you with your specific requirements.

HEDGE PLANTING

We can plant a new hedge to help you define an attractive boundary, create a windbreak or shelter, attract wildlife, for security or privacy purposes or just to introduce structure to your garden.

They can be formal hedges such as clipped Yew (Taxus) or Beech (Fagus) or informal producing flowers or colourful foliage such as Hawthorn (Cratageus) or Lavender (Lavendula).

Leyland Cypress (Cupressus x. leylandii) may have a bad reputation for growing quickly and leading to neighbourly disputes (see High Hedges Act below) but when kept under control they can make a very effective and even attractive formal hedge.

New hedges require formative pruning for the first couple of years to achieve the desired shape. Hedges should taper upwards with a broad base in order to capture sunlight more effectively. This is normally carried out in Winter or Spring.

MAINTENANCE TRIMMING

This should be carried out annually between May and September every four to six weeks to maintain the desired shape and to avoid the hedge becoming overgrown in the long term.

Remember that different species require a different approach in terms of timing and trimming techniques. Conifer hedges should be treated differently from deciduous hedges.

REDUCTION OF OVERGROWN HEDGES

Pruning of overgrown hedges should be carried out in such a way as to minimise disfigurement and prevent dieback, and to allow the production of new foliage. Excessive pruning can be detrimental to certain species of hedging plants, especially conifers.

At Tree Wise we have the expertise and equipment necessary to undertake any type of hedge work from small informal hedges in your garden to the maintenance of miles of street hedging.

TIMING OF HEDGE CUTTING

The scheduling of hedge works is crucial.

At Tree Wise we can carry out hedge trimming at the appropriate time of the year to avoid disturbing nesting birds.

It is also important to know when to trim so as to reduce the risk of unwanted brown or bare patches on your hedge or to ensure that flowering hedges produce flowers the following year.

HEDGE HEIGHT ASSESSMENT SERVICE

Tree Wise can help those affected by high hedges by providing assessments for local authorities. Our assessments make use of government guidance (see below), with the goal of achieving a mutually acceptable resolution. Call us today to learn more.

HIGH HEDGES (SCOTLAND) ACT

As of the 28th March 2013, Scotland has legislation empowering Local Authorities to enforce control over nuisance hedge owners. The Local Government and Regeneration Committee of the Scottish government wrote:

“the Scottish Parliament enacted the High Hedges (Scotland) Bill today, Thursday 28 March 2013. One final amendment was approved to the Bill. The definition of a high hedge as set out in Section 1(1) of the Bill was amended to remove the words “evergreen and semi-evergreen”. Consequently, the Bill as passed now defines a high hedge in Scots law as a hedge which—
(a) is formed wholly or mainly by a row of 2 or more trees or shrubs,
(b) rises to a height of more than 2 metres above ground level, and
(c) forms a barrier to light.

A copy of the Bill, as passed by the Parliament, is now available online. The Bill should receive Royal Assent by late April or early May. Once this happens the final published version of the High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013 will be available on the Scottish legislation section of the UK Legislation website:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk