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Guide to Hedge Cutting by the Pontefract Area’s Tree Surgery Experts

As versatile and capable tree surgeons serving Pontefract and the wider Yorkshire area, Hart Services need to be able to offer a broad range of horticultural services covering all aspects of tree surgery – from hedge cutting to stump grinding. Many of our clients choose to conduct the former service themselves, usually out of the satisfaction they take from completing a DIY task successfully.


But hedge cutting is a job that’s often carried out poorly, both by green-thumbed homeowners and underqualified tree surgeons in Pontefract. So on this page, our tree surgery specialists have provided some information on the types of hedge cutting that different forms of hedge require (remember, each species has different needs). More interested in our stump grinding, crown reduction or tree felling services? Call our tree surgeons on 01924 860 062 or 07866 047 522.

Hedge Cutting in Pontefract

Upright Deciduous Hedges (e.g hawthorn, privet) – After planting deciduous upright hedges, you’ll want to carry out hedge cutting to 15-30cm. Then during your plant’s formative stages, trim its side branches. This will encourage them to “bush out”.  Between February and March in its second year, conduct hedge cutting and take back half of any growth. Continue to regularly trim its side branches, and in its second autumn, cut back the topmost branch to a desired height.


To maintain your hedge, trim back the top and sides every four to six weeks to ensure it keeps its shape. If at any point you lack the time to carry out hedge cutting, or aren’t comfortable with carrying it out yourself, call in our tree surgeons. It’s an area of speciality for us, and we have clients throughout Pontefract who call us in for all aspects of both hedgecare and tree surgery, e.g stump grinding.


Stocky Deciduous Hedges (e.g hornbeam, hazel, beech) – After planting this type of hedge, cut back its leading and side shoots by around 1/3rd to a bud. Do this again in the second winter, preventing poor growth and thickening up the base of the hedge. You should trim once a year in June (or after the hedge flowers), then clip it so it tapers up to the top.


Evergreen Hedges (e.g box, Escallonia) – Hedge cutting and pruning evergreens is a little simpler than with deciduous specimens, simply cut back all stems by one-third after planting the hedge, then repeat this at the same time next year! Part of the reason why evergreens are so popular in Pontefract and wider Yorkshire is this ease of maintenance.


Conifers (e.g cypress, yew, bay, cherry laurel) – After planting a conifer, you’ll want to cut back any unkempt or untidy side shoots. Do the same in summer, and tie in the leading shoot to a support as it grows (this will help maintain its structure). To maintain a conifer, carry out hedge cutting one to three times throughout the season. Stop in autumn and at all points, avoid hard pruning – as most conifers won’t regrow after the fact.


While it’s true our tree surgeons are hedge cutting experts, that’s not the only thing we do. We offer a broad range of tree surgery services, including tree felling, stump grinding and crown reduction, thinning and lifting. So for all horticultural requirements in Pontefract, call in Hart Services.

For more advice or to schedule our tree surgeons in to evaluate your horticultural needs, call Pontefract’s tree surgery specialist on 01924 860 062 or 07866 047 522.

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