The Content Of The Article:
- Second hedgecut in February
- This is how the hedge trimming succeeds
- The ideal cutting profile
- Protecting birds during hedge trimming
Around the St. John's Day (June 24) hedges of hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) and other shrubs need a new shape cut to keep them dense and compact. With long green walls, one needs above all a sense of proportion and a good hedge trimmer.
Second hedgecut in February
How often you have to cut your hedge depends not only on personal preference, but also on the growth rate of the plants. Privileged are privet, hornbeam, field maple and red beech. Those who love it accurately should reach for their scissors twice a year. On the other hand, yew, holly and barberry grow quite slowly and can easily be cut. But also the medium-fast-growing species such as cherry laurel, thuja and cypress usually you have to trim only once a year. If one cuts, the best time is at the end of June. The best time for the second cut is in February.
This is how the hedge trimming succeeds
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Always start with the cut of the side surfaces. To do this, face one side of the hedge and, as far as possible, guide the hedge trimmer out of the shoulders, from bottom to top, parallel to the green wall
In the same way, you bring the garden side facing the hedge back into shape
For the pruning of the hedge crown one usually needs a ladder depending on the height. Always stand on the same level, keep the knife bar level in a horizontal position and guide it with even turns from the cross over the top
After the cut, remove the severed twigs from the horseshoe crest so they will not be forgotten and interfere with the new shoot
The rough shredded material is swept up with a leaf broom and then put into a leaf bag. Foliage and thin branches of hornbeam can be composted well, but you can also use them as mulch material
Branches that have not been picked up by the electric hedge trimmers cut off with a pair of scissors. The last remnants you then swept up on paved surfaces with a broom
The ideal cutting profile
If there is enough space you should cut your hedges so that they become narrower upwards and have a trapezoidal profile in cross-section. So the lower branches are optimally exposed. Shadow-friendly species such as yew or red beech can be cut as a compact rectangular profile.
The cross sections of trapezoidal and rectangular hedge trimming
Protecting birds during hedge trimming
Think of bird protection when cutting hedge: hedges are habitats for birds and many other creatures. Although legally stipulated cutting dates apply only to freely growing natural hedges outside settlement areas, you should nevertheless take into account the hedgehog's cut to the animal world. If you want to cut your hedge in the spring, you should have done that by mid-March at the latest. In early summer from the end of June, the juveniles are generally fledged and leave the nests, so a cut is then possible again. Even outside the breeding season, you should scour each hedge for bird nests before cutting, as many species breed several times a year. If you discover a nest too late, stop working immediately. Most of the time, however, they have already expelled the adult birds. They no longer care about the offspring and the young birds have to starve to death.