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Hedging on your hedges

1024 681 Nisha Muire
Hedges are the kind of exterior enhancement that immediately adds a natural beauty to your home. When well-maintained, they are elegant, beautiful and can add plenty of curbside appeal to your dwelling. However, neglect them and they can growing unkempt and take away from your home’s appeal. Once your hedges are planted and growing, maintaining them is relatively easy. If you follow these very simple steps, you can have lush, luxuriant hedges to frame your house.
 
– Spring is the best time to fertilize your hedges
– Adding hoof and horn meal to keep the soil loose and is a very good idea
– Water your hedges frequently all year-round, especially during dry period – and remember, evergreens don’t require as much water as flowering hedges
– When fall rolls around clear away dead wood and restore the mulch layer around your hedges if you have one
 
Another very important aspect to keeping your hedges healthy is periodic trimming. Once a hedge is established, it’s crucial to prune it depending what you want to encourage.
 
– If you trim the new wood in summer, it will help with branching
– If you trim the old wood in winter, it will help with the formation of strong new shoots
– When it comes to evergreen hedges be careful not to cut into old wood as it may inadvertently result in bald patches.
– If you have hedges that are manicured and shaped, then they should be trimmed at least three times during the spring and summer months
– To get bushy hedges, be sure to trim them on an angle
 
A great tip to make for a quick clean-up after your hedge-trimming is to spread a tarp, brown bags or newspaper underneath them so that you just have to scoop them up afterwards instead of raking for hours on end.

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