- Remove weeds by hoe or by hand to reduce competition for water whilst your hedgerow establishes.
- Allow plants to establish for at least a year before pruning.
- Late winter (January & February) is a good time to prune because fruit and berries will have been eaten and your plants will be dormant.
- Do not prune during spring or summer as you may disturb nesting birds and other wildlife.
- Trim your hedge to keep it at the height and spread you want. If possible cut on a three year cycle (one side, top, the other side) to allow time for flowering and fruiting shrubs to develop.
- The best wildlife hedgerows are an ‘A’ shape, thick at the base and thinner on top to allow light through to the ground flora.
- If you have space, allow some native trees to grow to maturity as standards within the hedge.
- Dead and decaying wood is an important feature of hedgerow. Providing they pose no risk of harm or injury try to leave dead branches and trees to rot down naturally.
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