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Hedge and Shrub Trimming
Northampton, Milton Keynes, Bedford

Do you require commercial or domestic hedge and shrub trimming? We offer expert professional hedge and shrub maintenance and tree surgeons services throughout Northampton, Milton Keynes, Bedford and the surrounding areas of Northamptonshire.

An excellent and healthy looking garden does not come easily, since there is so much work that needs to be put in it to ensure that it looks well maintained. Trimming the hedges and shrubs may seem trivial, but they contribute to giving your garden a neat and tidy appearance.

Hedge and Shrub Trimming Northampton, Milton Keynes, Bedford

When it comes to the hedge and shrub trimming, one is required to cut it to a reasonable size with neat edges. You can trim your hedge to create a distinct shape or pattern limited only to your imagination. If it overgrows than the expected size, special shears are used ensure a smooth surface is achieved.

Benefits of hedge trimming

Improve the look of your overall garden: The trimming process allows you to shape your garden plants according to your desired shape and size. This helps to improve the look of the garden and also give it a unique look as well. If you live in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire or Milton Keynes, then Arborescence Tree Care will be more than happy to provide you with an efficient and reliable service.

before hedge trimming
hedge trimming in progress
hedge reduced

Ensures safety: Allowing the hedges to grow at a higher height than the house’s roof can be dangerous to your entire household. This is because the large branches can cause damages to the roof of the house in case they fall off during the hot seasons. Therefore, always make sure that the hedges are trimmed to a level that is lower the roof of the house to prevent such occurrences. 

Promotes healthy growth: Before you begin trimming, it's worth performing extra pruning to remove any specfic unwanted branches. By doing so, you create growing space and resources for the healthy parts of shrub. An annual trim is essential to refreshing the quality of the new growth.

When should hedge bushes be trimmed?

For the first year after you install your hedge, you should generally keep the job of trimming and pruning to a minimum where possible. This will allow your hedge to acclimatise to the space into which it will be growing. Any ardent shoots that grow more than others and stick out can be clipped back, but this should be the extent of your hedge trimming and maintenance.

Anual hedge cutting can begin after your hedge has been growing for one year. How often and how vigorously you need to trim your hedge bush depends on your installed type. Hedges that grow slowly may only require trimming once every couple of years. Faster growing hedges may need a couple of trims per year, especially if you want to maintain a contained and formal aesthetic. 

Light hedge trimming and pruning are needed for the following species:

Arrowwood Viburnum

Yew Hedge

Fagus Sylvatica Atropurpurea

Emerald Green Arborvitae

Moderate hedge cutting and pruning are needed for the following species:

American Arborvitae

Bald Cypress

Carpinus Betulus

Fagus Sylvatica

Royal Star Magnolia

Teton Firethorn

Portuguese Laurel, Schip Laurel

Virescens Western Red Cedar

Green Mountain Boxwood


Virescens Western Red Cedar


Portuguese Laurel, Schip Laurel

Moderate hedge cutting Northampton, Milton Keynes, Bedford

Heavy hedge trimming and pruning are needed for the following species

Flame Amur Maple


Green Giant Arborvitae


Prunus Laurocerasus

How do you trim bushes and shrubs? Northampton, Milton Keynes, Bedford

How do you trim bushes and shrubs?

It would be best if you trimmed your bushes and shrubs from the very beginning before they are even planted on your property. 

Before you place them into the ground, you should make sure the removal of any branches that are dead or dying takes place by cutting them back. 

It would be best to cut them as close to the main stem of the shrub as you can. You should also make sure that you check the roots to remove any dead roots left that may spread disease to the rest of the shrub. 

As well as dead roots, it would be best if you also kept an eye out for "girdling" roots. These are thick roots - much thicker than others - which grow in a loop around the root ball. These should be removed as they will not straighten naturally and could choke the life out of your shrub or bush once it is planted. 

You should also make sure to prune your shrubs and bushes at the right time of year. 

Shrubs that flower in the springtime, like forsythia, develop buds in late summer/early autumn. Therefore you should avoid pruning them in winter, so you do not remove these buds, limiting their future growth. 

Shrubs and bushes that flower in summer, such as roses, develop their buds in late spring/early summer, so you should prune them when dormant in late winter or early spring. 

Shrubs and bushes Northampton, Milton Keynes, Bedford

Regular pruning of your shrubs and bushes should go on throughout the year. However, you should limit this pruning to removing dead, diseased and broken branches. It would be best if you also familiarise yourself with the natural shape of your shrub or bush. This will allow you to prune them to the shape they should naturally be. 

When to Trim my Hedge?

Like any other garden greenery you may have, there is an ideal time for hedge trimming. This ideal time, however, depend on the type of hedge you have. 

Yew hedges

These hedges should be trimmed annually in late autumn. In the first year, trim the top of the hedge; in the second, trim one side and then the other side in the third year. This way, the hedge will always have green leaves on it to fuel regrowth. 

Beech hedges

These hedges should be trimmed in autumn. Another fast-growing hedge, you should allow them to grow after cutting to ensure no bare patches emerge. If it becomes too large, cut it back in the middle of winter, but not during any freezing periods. 

Laurel hedges

These hedges should be trimmed in late summer and autumn. Laurel leaves are tough, and hedge trimmers can give them a rough, jagged appearance. You can remove any damaged leaves afterwards using cutters or secateurs. 

Privet hedges

These hedges should be trimmed between early summer and autumn. More regular pruning will create a dense and uniform hedge that is easier to maintain. 

Leyland Cypress hedges

These hedges should be trimmed three times per year, in spring, mid-summer and autumn. It is a fast-growing hedge and requires limited but regular trimming to keep it in shape. Do not trim too far back behind any greenery, as this will not recover and leave bare patches in your hedge. 

When to Trim my Hedge?

If you require hedge and shrub trimming in Northampton, Milton Keynes, Bedford and the surrounding areas of Northamptonshire, contact us today. Call 01933 666078 today.