Hedge Man Hints and Tips
To assist you in all personal hedging and gardening ventures
As well as specialising in hedges, The Hedge Man are a team of avid gardeners, and are sharing our tips so you don't miss out
Winter is a great time to plan, plant and check on the health of your garden as the growth of most plants really slows down in the colder months of the year. Whether you want to design a new garden and start planting while the soil is moist, or you want to ensure your establish garden is as healthy as it can be, The Hedge Man staff have some great tips to keep your hedges looking fantastic even before their vibrant spring growth.
During the Autumn and Winter months is a great time to plant your juvenile hedges and they have longer to establish their roots in the soil while it is moist. This means much less watering for you during the summer months as that important root growth will have been happening below the surface already.
Now is the time you want to be pruning your fruit trees, Crepe Myrtle, roses and even some hedge varieties (such as Vibernum, Privet and Buxus). During the dormant growth period is a great time to prune your plants both to shape them and keep them aesthetically pleasing, but to keep the plant healthy.
Dead branches and wood can be removed, as well as dealing with overlapping branches that can cause damage to the tree by rubbing against each other. Pruning fruit trees ensures that when Spring comes, they are using their energy efficiently to produce optimum levels of fruit rather than trying to growth unneeded extra branches.
CHECK YOUR SOIL
There are many things you can be doing at the ground level to ensure the ongoing health of your hedges. You can invest some time to gently till the soil, turning the top 4-8cm of soil which will remove and discourage any pests from making a cosy home in your garden for the winter. Applying mulch now is an effective way to also prevent weeds from invading and slowly taking over your freshly tilled soil. Remember to remove any old mulch before laying down fresh compost and/or mulch.