With October and autumn well on the way, now is the time to start thinking about hedge cutting - either ideally the second cut of dicideous hedges like beech and hornbeam or evergreens such as laylandii. If the hedges only get one cut per year then October is a good time as it still leaves enough 'growing time' for the hedge to recover from the cut, with the fresh growth being able to protect any new buds during the winter months. However the older and bigger the hedge, the stronger it's going to be to go through the winter so these can be cut even in the middle of January!
Also leaving the only cut of the year to around October also has a big advantage for the health of the hedge. Cutting the hedge for the first cut in the middle of summer, although looks much smarter all year round, takes off all the stronger growth that has been growing since the autumn or winter. The fresher growth which is softer and more delicate which then comes will then be far more weaker to overcome any pests or diseases, which summer will be their 'season', as it were. October, with the colder weather coming, sees any pests and diseases slow down and go into hibernation, so any fresh growth then won't be so badly effected.
It's all down to personal choice. Whether to have a neater hedge all year round which is more prone to disease, or a rougher hedge for the year but will be healthier.
To cut the hedge it is best to slope the hedge inwards at the top or at the very least to cut straight up. It is not ideal to cut with the top leaning outwards. Two reasons for this is; 1, during the winter, if we get lots of snow the weight on top of the hedge can push the top of the sides outwards. If the sides were already leaning out at the top then the weight of the snow can push the branches right over and either snap them or disfigure the sides of the hedge. With the sides sloping inwards at the top the hedge has a much better chance to stay in shape; 2, as the top of the hedge is closer to the sun, the growth will be much more quicker than the growth at the bottom which will be in more shade. Also it's in the plants nature is put most of it's energy into the top growth towards the sun. To cut the hedge sloping inwards at the top enables the bottom part to get more sun, therefore more growth and the growth will be much more even producing a smarter looking hedge.
We offer a hedge trimming and hedge reducing service to suit you and can also take away all the trimmings.