I can prune most garden hedges and small, garden-sized trees and shrubs.
With hedges, I have two hedge cutters – a normal one and an extending one – which means I can safely reach to heights of about 8ft. A good “hair cut” improves a hedge. It looks tidier, improves the growth and prevents unsightly “dead areas” forming in the middle. Conifer hedges are trickier – they can really only have the tips trimmed or you end up cutting too far into the “brown area” which doesn’t look good.
Hedges should be cut in an A-shape which means a little wider towards the base. If this doesn’t happen, the light doesn’t get to the base of the hedge, it won’t grow so well and will ultimately die-off. This doesn’t look good in your garden.
When I am pruning hedges, I use large sheets to catch as much of the trimmings as possible and I will leave the site tidy. Waste from the hedge can be removed, but there will be an additional charge for this.
With garden plants and shrubs, the rule of thumb is usually to prune after flowering. These plants tend to be more decorative so I aim to get a good shape to the pruning. I work on the “3Ds” principle and look to prune out any areas/branches that are “Dead”, “Diseased” or “Damaged”. Again, I leave the site tidy, but there is an additional charge for waste removal.