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beech hedge, correct time of the year to cut?


 
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declanfl
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:16 am    Post subject: beech hedge, correct time of the year to cut? Reply with quote

When is the correct time of the year to cut a beech hegde,

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:40 pm    Post subject: when to prune Reply with quote

Hi Declanfl

July or August is the popular time for some people. Others go for late winter before bud burst.

If the hedge is very formal and neat it might need clipping twice a year (around June and again in late August). Although, you can get away with just the late August cut.

How old is the hedge? Beech is happier of it is left alone for a few years before cutting back.

How are you thinking of cutting back the hedge? Shears,secateurs or electric cutters?

There is a very good section on beech here, it tells you all of their uses etc.. http://www.the-tree.org.uk/BritishTrees/beech.htm

Cheers

Ian

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