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When should you lay a hedge?


When should you lay a hedge? Hedge laying is a seasonal job carried out between October and March when trees and shrubs are dormant, and birds have finished nesting in the hedges.

How often do you need to lay a hedge? Hedge laying cycles vary depending on the species, height, growing conditions, growth-rate and intervening management. Newly planted hedges should not be laid until the hedge has grown to at least two metres in height. A 10–20 year cycle should be considered for established hedges.

Can you lay a hedge in March? You should not cut or trim hedges or trees between the dates of March 1st and September 1st without a derogation. You must not cut or trim hedges or trees from this date, but you can carry out hedge and tree coppicing and hedge laying from 1 March until 30 April.

What is the purpose of hedge laying? When we lay a hedge we are essentially regenerating the trees, allowing continuity in the hedgerow. In this way we can keep that hedge working for much longer than its natural lifetime. Without this regeneration the hedge will mature and start to die.

When should you lay a hedge? – Related Questions

How much does hedge laying cost?

A hedge laid in the South of England style will cost about £10 to £12 per metre and today, with a chainsaw, a man can do about 30 to 40 metres a day. We supply all the stakes and the binders, and there’s lots of hazel for binding and chestnut for stakes down in Sussex.

Do I have to cut my hedge on my neighbors side?

The responsibility for boundary hedge cutting is shared. Both you and your neighbour should be trimming each other’s respective side of the hedge. You are free to cut back roots or branches that are within your property’s boundaries. Going further may result in your neighbour taking you to court for property damage.

When should you not trim hedges?

We recommend avoiding hedge cutting during the main breeding season for nesting birds, which usually runs throughout March to August each year. This can be weather dependent and some birds may nest outside this period, so it is important to always check carefully for active nests prior to cutting.

What is hedge coppicing?

Coppicing, as with laying, is used to rejuvenate hedges and extend their lifespan by encouraging new, healthy stems to grow from the cut stumps (stools). Unlike hedge laying all the old growth is cut and removed, and this cut material could potentially form part of a biofuel management system.

Is hedge laying good for wildlife?

Hedgerow wildlife facts

Managing hedges by laying and trimming is better than no hedge at all and it prolongs the life of the hedge, which is good for the species that live there. A tall thick hedge with good bottom growth is of more value to wildlife than a low thin hedge.

What is a Pleached hedge?

Pleaching is a method of training trees to produce a narrow screen or hedge by tying in and interlacing flexible young shoots along a supporting framework. Use this technique to make walks, arbours, tunnels and arches.

Can a beech hedge be laid?

The European Beech (Fagus sylvatica) has been one of England’s most popular hedging plants for over a thousand years. Hedge laying (or steeping) is carried out when the sap is not rising – generally between November and March. Beech and Hornbeam are both very well suited.

How do you manage an overgrown hedge?

In early to mid-spring, cut the height of your hedge back by up to a third. Prune some of the side branches right back to the leader and leave others uncut. Doing this will encourage growth by letting light and air into the plant, allowing the remaining stems to branch out.

How do you fix a patchy hedge?

With a narrow gap, a far quicker solution is to cheat. Remove the dead plant, push in a few rustic poles and weave side-shoots from neighbouring plants through till they meet in the middle. Another alternative is to remove the dead plant and put in a tree instead that grows up above the hedge-line.

Is box hedge evergreen?

What is box? Common box (Buxus sempervirens) is an evergreen shrub with small, rich green leaves. It is very versatile and grows well in a wide range of situations and soils. Box is native to the UK and has been grown in gardens since Roman times.

How much hedge Can you lay in a day?

It’s not possible to have standard charges for hedge laying: if the hedge is overgrown, 20ft high and gappy, an expert could do three or four yards a day. A new hedge, clear of weeds, about 8ft–10ft tall, would allow a man of average skill to do about 30 yards a day.

What does hedging and ditching mean?

Hedging and ditching: In the days before electric fencing or barbed wire, ‘laying’ a hedge to ensure that it presented an effective stock-proof barrier was part of the regular winter maintenance work in the countryside. A properly laid hedge is a highly distinctive but comparatively rare sight nowadays.

How do you coppice a hawthorn hedge?

Coppicing is best done in sections in order to reduce the impact on wildlife. During the winter, cut back the main stem to just above ground level. Cut at an angle to allow the water to run off. In the spring, several shoots will grow up, thus thickening the hedge.

What is the legal height of a hedge between Neighbours?

Please note that there is not a blanket rule that all hedges must be no more than two metres in height. The complaint form explains why you consider the hedge is adversely affecting the reasonable enjoyment of your residential property.

What can I do if my Neighbour cuts my hedge?

If a neighbour’s tree or hedge is growing over into your garden, you cannot make them cut it back. However, you do have the right to remove overgrowing branches yourself, but only back to the common boundary. Any cuttings must be offered back to the tree or hedge owner.

Can I throw my Neighbours branches back?

Your neighbour is legally entitled to demand them back, so you won’t be able to stockpile the branches for your next bonfire. But do not throw them into the neighbour’s garden, as this could constitute garden waste fly tipping.

Does trimming a hedge make it grow thicker?

It stimulates the growth of new branches and reduces pest infestations. Since it promotes the growth of more branches, it makes hedges bushier and stronger. When it is done together with shaping, it improves the attractiveness of the shrubs or trees.

How do you reduce the height of a hedge?

Reduce the height by up to one-third in April. Thin out the side branches, removing selected branches right back to the trunk but leaving the others intact. This will allow more light and air into the area around the hedge. Mulch and feed in spring to encourage vigorous re-growth.

How do you steep a hedge?

steeping (hedge laying) and coppicing

Steeping involves partially cutting through the base of the stems, bending them over until they are parallel to the top of the bank, and weaving or pegging them down.

How do you manage a hawthorn hedge?

To prune your Hawthorn into a tree, simply remove the lower branches with a sharp pruning saw to reveal a single trunk. During the second year of planting, between February and March, is the recommended time for hard pruning Hawthorn hedges. Cut back growth by half during these months to encourage new growth.

What is the best hedge for privacy?

Emerald Green Arborvitae is the ultimate choice for a dense privacy hedge. With an Emerald Green hedge, there is zero chance of seeing anything through it. It grows slowly and requires very infrequent pruning. Although it grows slowly, it will become quite tall if given enough time.

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