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Tips When Trimming Your Garden's Hedges This Summer

George WardTaking care of your hedge adds natural beauty to your property for longer. It also helps to improve the curb appeal of your yard. Also, it helps to complement lawns, trees, home gardens, landscapes, hardscapes, patios, walkways, and patios. 

Unhealthy shrubs, rugged hedges, and unwanted bushes can make a home garden an eyesore to look at. They can ruin a once beautiful lawn and make it lose its curb appeal. To avoid all that, however, one can trim their garden hedges this summer all by themselves by following the tips below.

Tools to Use for Trimming

Here you can use:

  • Handheld pruners/trimmers
  • Loppers
  • Small curved saws

Among the hedge trimmers that you can use are:

  • Manual hand-operated trimmers.
  • Gas-powered trimmers.
  • Corded electric trimmers.
  • Battery-powered trimmers

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Photo by joyce huis on Unsplash

How to Trim A Hedge

Step One

Before you start trimming, check your backyard ideas for and remove dead, damaged, or diseased branches. Stand back and take another look and decide which of the branches you want to remove to improve the overall size and shape of the hedge. For some brushes, you will have to remove them entirely while for some you will be cutting them to a certain point.

Step Two

Start by cutting the branches and shrubs from the bottom of the hedge and go up towards the top of the hedge. Ensure to move the cutting bar in a slow and steady pace and allow the blades to do the cutting without forcing them. This is also important to ensure the lower side is wider than the top.

Also, avoid cutting too deep into the hedge on the first pass. If you go deeper, you might lop off too many branches. A shallow pass, on the other hand, will help to trim only a couple of inches at a go.

Step Three

1. Trimming Formal Hedges

Hedges with such bushes as boxwoods can be shaped to attain a more formal appearance. To trim such formal hedges, follow the following steps:

  • To trim along straight lines, your house can act as a cutting guide. You can also use a siding or other fitting objects such as sticks and strings. If you are using sticks and strings, set them up along the hedge you are trimming but not too deep into the cover and then use a level to position the strings for increased perfection.
  • Run your trimmer along the top and sides of the hedge slowly, allowing the blade to do the work without extra pressure. Again, ensure to keep the lower side wider than the top one. Once in a while, step back and check your progress for any inconsistencies.

2. Trimming Informal Hedges

This is usually the normal trimming and for hedges that are left to form more natural shapes. To trim such hedges, the following steps can be followed:

  • Start by laying a tarp down to ensure the clean-up process will be easier.
  • Ensure the trimmer is in good working condition.
  • Remove the growth that you do not need and progress to thinning out spots of thick outer covers. Since the inner limbs and branches need enough air and sunlight, you should cut back along the branches just above new growth or along the plants’ base. If you allow the trimmer to top the shrub, it will allow new growth near the cut while cutting farther back encourages growth along the limb.

If you are trimming mature and overgrown shrubs or branches, start by removing the thickest branches. To promote new growth, cut them back to the base of the shrub.

If you need to work on tall hedges, you should consider renting or buying an extended-reach hedge trimmer. The trimmer plus a pivoting cutting head makes for a simplified operation for tall hedges as well as the hard-to-reach areas of the hedge or plants. The best thing about innovation is that it has made some string trimmers able to accept hedge trimmer attachments with the extended-reach and pivoting functionalities.

When to Trim Hedges

When is the best time for trimming hedges? Trim them:

  • When the early-spring-flowering shrubs start to blossom.
  • The summer-flowering plants need to be clipped either in early spring or during winter.
  • If they are non-flowering plants, always trim after every new growth completely forms.

Throughout the year, however, you can do light trimming.

Tips for Trimming the Garden Hedges

The above DIY tips can work for most hedge-trimming needs, be it for hedges, brushes, or shrubs. They can also be done with any hedge trimmer that you use. For formal hedge trimming needs, it would be advisable to do it at least thrice or four times in a year for continuous neatness and manicured appearance while informal hedges may require trimming once or twice annually.

7 Tips and Tricks for Maintaining a Beautiful Lawn for Homeowners

George WardA beautiful and well-maintained lawn makes a home more appealing. It also increases the curb appeal. However, it cannot be all grooming if you do not have the tips and tricks for maintaining a beautiful lawn for homeowners.

Without a doubt, you must have invested a lot into your home. With the compound especially being the one that every guest sees first, you should invest more on how to make it more beautiful. Even if you do not have an idea on the best ways to do it, here are top tips and tricks for you to give your ugly lawn a facelift.

Prune at the Right Time

 

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The best times for pruning old and disfigured branches are in late winter and spring. The branches are mostly disfigured by snow and ice during the two seasons, respectively, and may give your lawn an ugly appearance.

Ensure you’ve removed all unwanted lower branches on evergreen trees and shrubs. Also, prune spring-flowering shrubs after the spring flowers fad0,e and prune the summer-flowering shrubs at the end of winter.

Water the Lawn Occasionally and Deeply

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Lawns need watering to maintain the vegetation’s beautiful splendor. If you keep the lawn irrigated and do it regularly and deeply, you will help the deep roots to maintain the moisture and the plants to stay healthy and lush.

It is recommended to water the lawn in early morning and late evening. This helps avoid water loss due to evaporation when the sun is too hot.

Mow at the Highest Setting on the Mower

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It is important to cut grass with a lawn mower to a tall height of about 3-1/2 to 4 inches. This is because taller grass shades the ground, blocks weed sprouts, and helps to promote beneficial microbes.

When you leave the grass tall, you allow the lawn to focus on root growth. This adds to disease resistance, too. Also, ensure to leave some of the grass clippings on the lawn after you mow it as it helps to return beneficial nutrients to the lawn.

Choose the Fertilizer Well

For each fertilizer package or bag, there are three numbers that indicate the fertilizer’s contents. They indicate the concentration of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium in percentages and in that order and will help you with the selection.

Also, making the right mixture of slow-release and fast-release fertilizers helps to control and maintain healthy lawn growth. It also ensures vegetation gets an instant boost while also adding more nutrients.

When it comes to fertilizer types, the synthetic options are preferable as they improve soil health, too.

Aerate the Lawn During Spring or Fall

Annually de-thatching and aeration helps with the health of the lawn. Once a year, you can aerate the lawn by removing plugs of soil with a lawn aerator at specified diameter tines and remove them to a depth of about 3 inches.

Make sure to aerate the soil on the dry side. However, it can be just wet enough to allow for the tines to penetrate. Aeration helps the soil against compaction, thatch build-up, and diseases.

Take Care of Water Runoff

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When water runs off, and over the lawn, it might leave deposits of clay soil. It might also create a steep slope and uproot some of the vegetation.

To take care of runoff water, ensure that the yard has a proper drainage system for when the rains come. You can also have caged ripraps if the lawn is too steep and channel the flooding water to the lower levels of your land.

If it’s the irrigation water giving you a headache, make sure to use half of what you normally use to irrigate the lawn with. Give the water at least one hour to drain and then irrigate with the other half. Where runoff is an issue, you apply this system all the time.

Keep on Cleaning Up Leaves

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You might have cleaned up the falling leaves during fall, but you should keep on looking out for more. Trees, such as oaks, shed their leaves or broken branches during winter and spring as well. As such, you can be sure you will have some maintenance and cleaning to do all through.

Also, ensure to remove all debris and heavy piles of leaves around the compound. This helps avoid the formation of molds and decaying matter. However, you should avoid raking the ground, especially if it is wet.

Maintaining a Beautiful Lawn for Homeowners

Following the above tips and tricks, and others like fighting weed and pests, can help you maintain a beautiful lawn. You may also save yourself time and money that may be spent establishing a new lawn. These benefits will be in addition to adding a curb appeal to your yard and making the lawn more presentable.







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