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Beautify your hedge

Trimming Hedges

They structure your garden, protect against wind, noise and inquisitive eyes, and provide a place to live for birds and small animals. In short: Hedges improve your garden. Bringing your hedge into shape again not only makes it look good but it is also healthy for your plants.

Why right now?

The birds are not nesting any longer and the bushes and shrubs have ended their vegetation phase. This means that the growth has become woody and is no longer resinous. This means that the wounds caused by the trimming will close up again quickly.

Trimming the right way

Everything from luxuriant flowering hedges to artistically trimmed box hedges - there are no limits to your imagination. Whatever your hedge looks like: It needs precise cutting and trimming so that it stays the way that it was planned to be. But how can you make your hedge look as good as one trimmed by a professional gardener? Very simple, just tension a string beforehand so that you can orient yourself better. Ensure that you only cut back young growth. The crown should be made narrower than the rest of the hedge, otherwise the lower part gets too little light and will becoming ever more bald as time goes by.

The right tool makes it easier

Small hedges can be trimmed quickly, usually all you need for them is a manual hedge trimmer. This is also very well suited for final trimming. If you are faced with several metres of hedge, then the best thing to use is our motor-driven hedge trimmer. WOLF-Garten offers you a wide range so that you can quickly and effortlessly get your hedge into shape.

What is meant by the conservation regulations?


In general, the so-called conservation regulations apply in Germany for the trimming of hedges. Specifically: No major pruning may be done from March up to the end of September. This is to protect the nests and living areas of many types of animals and plants.

There are exceptions

However, year-round you are permitted to make smaller "improvements"“ – hence shaping and maintenance pruning – so as to restrain the growth for that year or to trim off individual twigs that shoot out and become too long. Sometimes it is even advisable to start with the trimming to shape at the end of August so that the new shoots no longer mature and freeze before the coming winter. If you prune early in the year, it is especially important to look out for small animals that have nested in your hedge.