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Hedge Cutting - Why and when to prune hedges

Hedges are a popular addition to many gardens and landscapes. Not only do they provide privacy and seclusion, but they also offer a natural barrier that can block noise, wind, and unwanted sights. However, keeping a hedge healthy and looking its best requires regular maintenance and trimming. Hedge cutting and trimming are two of our specialties. We deal with hedges of all shapes and sizes. The scope and scale of jobs we undertake vary greatly, from cutting back 100-metre-long boundary hedges to tiny box hedges where precision is critical.

If you're looking for professional hedge trimming and pruning services in the Hamphire and the surrounding area, look no further than Arbor-Call. Our team of experts is ready to help you maximize the health and beauty of your trees, and we are committed to providing you with exceptional customer service and competitive pricing.


Trimming is the process of removing excess growth from the sides and top of your hedge. This helps control the size and shape of your hedge and promotes new growth. Hedge trimming should be performed at least once a year, and more often for fast-growing species.

When trimming your hedge, we make sure to use sharp, clean tools to avoid damaging the branches. Our experience allows use to avoid over-trimming, as this can cause stress to the plant and reduce its overall health.


Pruning is the process of removing dead, diseased, or damaged branches from your hedge. This helps improve the overall health of your hedge and reduces the risk of disease and pests. Pruning should be performed as needed throughout the year, with a focus on removing any dead or damaged branches as soon as they are noticed.

When we are pruning your hedge, we are careful to make clean, precise cuts just above a healthy bud or branch. You want to avoid leaving stubs, as this can encourage the growth of disease and pests.

Reasons for using our Hedge Trimming Services

There can be various reasons for needing hedge trimming services. It may be that a hedge has grown too extensively onto the walkway, obstructing windows, doors, and views or simply because the task of trimming the hedge is too challenging for the customer to handle alone.

A well-groomed hedge enhances the beauty of a garden, but if not taken care of, it can quickly lose its shape and start to cast unwanted shadows. With regular pruning, one can easily keep the hedge in check. Most evergreen formal hedges should be trimmed two to three times a year during their growth period.

Conifer hedges such as leylandii require consistent pruning to maintain their shape and prevent them from growing too large for their designated location. Please note that during the Nesting Season from March 1st to July 31st, all wild birds are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and it is illegal to harm or destroy any bird eggs during this time.

Frequently asked questions

We have various pieces of equipment to reach taller hedges, including long-reach hedge trimmers. For particularly large jobs, a Mobile Elevated Working Platform may be necessary.
If you are within a Conservation area, any live foliage with a trunk diameter of 75mm or more (measured at 1.5m above natural ground level) will require a planning application to be submitted. This is a service that we can offer for a small charge.
Nesting Season runs officially from March 1st to July 31st each year, and if you suspect a nest to be present, we would suggest a nesting bird survey before any works were to commence.
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