Hedge Cutting and Garden Maintenance

Hedge cutting and garden maintenance are extremely important when it comes to defining your exterior boundaries with your neighbours.

Like all garden maintenance jobs, planning is extremely important, and none more so than the equipment to be used. Not only is it important to ensure your trimmers and shears are in good working order but you must also give some thought to your safety equipment such as gloves, goggles and for high positioned tasks helmets and proper boots.

For smaller hedges hand shears would normally suffice however for large scale jobs petrol or electrical trimmers would be seen as the standard option nowadays.

The majority of hedges have to be clipped after planting and then twice a year in spring and late summer. Normally, you would only trim the side shoots of more temperately growing hedges leaving the leading shoots untouched. The most vigorous species might need trimming 2 or 3 times in the growing season. Once the leading shoots have attained the desired height, trim them level to make a flat-topped, wider-growing hedge.

Whilst trimming the hedge, it’s extremely important to make sure you always have a good vantage point to assess how your “lines” are running as it’s very difficult to determine accurately by eye; it’s only when you have finished that any mistakes become apparent.

The great thing about working in the garden is that its a dynamic environment – even if you do make mistakes they will soon be remedied – take for example the rosebush; roses are very hardy and forgiving, so short of cutting them off an inch above the ground, it’s hard to make a mistake. Get a good sharp pair of secateurs for this job. Cut off all the dead branches and the branches that are aiming in the wrong directions. Finally trim the branches that you want to regenerate the new buds for future growth – keep around three growth buds on the branch in question.

Another great tip for freshening up the layout is to move plants from one part of the garden to the other. If you are moving shrubs, don’t try it with anything too big, as you will have problem getting up all the roots. But for smaller shrubs such as daphne, rosemary or roses (again), all you need to do is first dig a sizeable hole where you desire to place the shrub. Put some blood and bone down the end. Then cautiously dig up the shrub you want to transplant, taking as much root and as much soil around the root as you can. Then move the shrub – roots, soil and all – into the pit where it’s going to do. Put in as much soil as you need to fill the hole to the top, then water it.

Checklist for Hiring a Garden Maintenance Contractor

Gardens should be a cause of joy for most homeowners. Every time a homeowner looks at his garden, he should feel refreshed. If his nerves are frayed, looking at his garden should calm him down and soothe his worries away. But that’s just not possible if your garden is in total disarray. Indeed, even if you try your best to spruce up your lawn, sometimes your efforts prove to be futile. If that happens very often, maybe it’s high time that you seek the help of experts. Believe it or not, there are a lot of gardening firms operating in your area, and most, if not all, of them can provide you with efficient and affordable garden maintenance services. You just need to be very diligent in looking them up in phone and online directories.

What You Should Look for in a Garden Maintenance Contractor

But so as not to scare you, let me just tell you that most of these maintenance contractors operating in your area, or anywhere else for that matter, know what they are doing and are well knowledgeable about the things that need to be undertaken in order to successfully carry out lawn maintenance and achieve the results you are gunning for. The fact that it is your garden and you will be paying the contractor’s fee is enough reason for you to draw up a checklist of the things you want the service provider to do. This checklist will also help you assess whether the provider can offer all-around service or merely a specific specialization.

Here is a list of some of the services that your contractor must be able to provide your garden with:

1) Lawn and Grass Care – This refers to lawn maintenance on the whole and encompasses cutting of the grass, applying lawn treatments, lawn scarifying or mechanically “raking” the lawn so that even thatches are removed, dressing up the top of your lawn, lawn core aeration and the replacement and removal of the existing turf or grass.

2) Maintenance of Hedges and Flower Beds – This does not simply revolve around planting flower beds and hedges and making sure they are free from bugs and pests. This includes weeding and weed prevention, trimming of hedges, pruning and of course, plating.

3) Work on Different Areas of Your Garden – This clearly shows that a garden maintenance provider is not solely to service the plants and flowers in your garden. Instead, they are also responsible for pressure washing paths, patios and driveways where there may be plants and hedges planted, removing rubbish and dried leaves that are scattered about, ensuring that the sprinkler and irrigation system are functioning well and maintaining fences and shed.

These are some of the services that a lawn maintenance provider must be able to render. Finally, you must make certain that you will be charged a reasonable amount for all those services.