Target Trees is an industry leader in hedge reduction in the county of Norfolk. An out of control hedge can reduce views, obstruct walkways. To the eye, overgrown hedges are also an eyesore to look at.
A well-pruned hedge can instantly increase a garden’s size and beauty. Reducing a hedge will also create a clear boundary of your property. All mature hedges should be trimmed and shaped to retain their look and health.
Firstly, the species of the hedge should be checked by Target Trees. Some hedges cannot be reduced and may require removal.
Overgrown hedges require a more powerful and efficient tool due to stems being too wide.
What is hedge reduction?
Hedge reduction (not to be confused with hedge trimming) involves reducing the overall height trimming the stems back. By reducing the height, the front, back and sides are then balanced.
Usually, a reduction is calculated as a percentage. Reductions of up to 50% can be achieved whilst maintaining the natural shape and health of the hedge.
A hedge species will define the maximum area of hedge reduction it can tolerate.
What are the reasons for hedge reduction?
Hedge reduction is undertaken to cut back a bush to be more maintainable (where hedge trimming is introduced). Therefore, it is a common but simple arborist technique.
Here are some reasons why hedge trimming may be required.
- Improving the appearance of a hedge;
- Reduces overgrowth onto paths, walls and driveways;
- Creating a boundary line of a property;
- Increase light and space for plants below or around the hedge
Although a garden enthusiast can attempt hedge reduction, it is worth checking with a professional arborist the method. If the hedge is reduced too much, it can lead to decay of the shrub.
When is the best time to reduce a hedge?
Around April is the best time to implement hedge reduction if it is overgrown. Cutting back in this period will promote regrowth and balance. It is at this time the hedge will become more manageable. All reductions and trims should first be in accordance with its species.
Take into consideration the surrounding of the hedge:
- Are there any fences that surround them?
- Are they prone to a high wind load?
- What other plants surround these hedges?
A well-shaped hedge can protect itself and nearby plants. Wildlife is also known to nest in these areas.
To maintain the hedge, it is usually then pruned once or twice a year when needed. We recommend doing this early autumn and early spring.
Our highly regarded tree surgeons can advise on all manners of hedge reduction and trimming.
Why should I use Target Trees?
Target Trees will only undertake work once an inspection has taken place. The tree surgeon can then advise on the proposed solution and end result.
We only use the most up to date and profession landscaping equipment. This means we can reduce and shape hedges without concern. By using precision planning and arborist techniques, there is less risk of unnecessary damage to the hedge.
Our tree surgeon has multiple years of experience completely jobs in Norfolk and surrounding areas. Over this time we have an incredible knowledge of the local hedge species and the impact on local wildlife.
Therefore, our company is the perfect choice for both commercial and domestic hedge reduction in Norfolk and Norwich.