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Tree & Hedge Care | Fencing & Landscaping

Hedge Cutting


Keeping Control

Hedges are iconic features of the British landscape, in town and countryside, but whether they are formal garden hedges or informal boundary hedges they need careful management and upkeep to stop them getting out of control.

Our specialist hedge trimming team have all the knowledge and expertise to carry out hedge work to a high standard. We keep hedges in shape in and around the city of Salisbury, in Ringwood, Andover and Amesbury and everywhere inbetween.

We don’t just cut and trim hedges, but we’re also experts at hedge-laying, pruning, coppicing and hedge removal. We’ve even been known to try our hands at a touch of topiary.

Regular trimming keeps hedges neat, dense and compact – a happy, healthy and aesthetically pleasing addition to your outdoor space.

Trimmed hedges. Southern Tree Care Ltd, Tree Surgeon, Landscaping, Salisbury, Wiltshire, Dorset


Hedge Wildlife Checks

The species of hedge and its age and stage has a bearing on the frequency and timing for pruning and trimming it.

The general rule is that during the first two years after planting a hedge should be lightly pruned into the desired shape during the winter months, or in early spring. Thereafter maintenance trimming can be undertaken annually, or two or three times a year if it is intended to be a formal hedge.

Trimming is carried out during the growing season, between early spring and late summer, after a wildlife risk assessment is made to ensure there are no nesting birds or other creatures inhabiting the hedge.

The recommended trimming times for various hedge species are:

  • Box, Privet & Leylandii  – two or three times a season
  • Holly & Beech – One trim in late summer
  • Yew & Hawthorn – Trim in summer and again in autumn
  • Escallonia – As soon as it has finished flowering


Living with Garden Hedges Happily

You don’t need permission to plant a hedge in your garden, and there are no restrictions on how high you can grow it. There is, however, a responsibility to make sure you look after any hedge on your property and make sure it is not a nuisance to neighbours or passers-by.

The Government has published a guide to growing garden hedges, and how to deal with complaints about an unruly hedge or overly high (more than two metres tall) hedge. It is suggested that hedges on your property should be trimmed regularly, both the top and all sides, to prevent it causing problems like blocking out your neighbour’s light, damaging a fence or obstructing a pavement.

If you are having problems with a troublesome hedge in your garden we’ll be happy to give you professional advice and bring your unruly hedge back into line.

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