How to Prune Hedges

Would you like to have some nice straight hedges in your garden? Surely a correct pruning will help you to make straight and strong hedges that can also act as a border between your land and that of the neighbor, if necessary. Today we will see how to prune the hedges correctly.


Regular pruning of your hedge is important to ensure that the plant also receives the right amount of sunlight inside, thus avoiding the loss of foliage in the interior areas. It will also facilitate the right exchange of leaves.

The aesthetic factor is also essential to further increase the beauty of your garden.


Making straight hedges is simple. First, you need to get the necessary equipment:

  • protective goggles;
  • protective caps, if you use an electric hedge trimmer;
  • manual long-bladed shears or hedge trimmers;
  • electric hedge trimmers, if the hedge to be pruned is large or has a long distance;
  • tighten as long as the hedge to be pruned.
  • let’s now see what are the steps to be taken to prune the hedge.

As in most cases, pruning should also be done from top to bottom for the hedge. For the upper part, therefore, you need to get a long string and fix it from one end of the hedge to the other. Make sure that the string is perfectly parallel to the ground, if you want the height to be regular.

If you need a pole plan on the sides of the hedge, where you can fix the string. Then use the string as a guide and cut above it. Be careful to keep your cutting tool parallel to the ground.

If you want the height to be uneven, you can raise or lower one end of the string at will. For the side part, however, it is important to keep the shears parallel to the hedge. If they are not, they will produce holes that will make the surface of the hedge irregular. It may be useful to keep the hedge by your side, so that you can see that the blades are really parallel to the hedge.

After you have made your hedge, you should take care to maintain it by removing dry and uneven parts.


Generally, the pruning of the hedge should be done in spring and then at the end of summer. However, it should be remembered that the hedge is a linear structure made up of different plant species.

I advise you to evaluate the characteristics of the plant that makes up your hedge before pruning. For example:

  1. If your hedge is made up of berry plants, such as holly, it is best to prune in February and promote flowering so that the berries are produced later;
  2. If the hedge is made up of flowering plants, such as roses, it should be pruned after flowering;
  3. if it is made up of an evergreen plant, such as Photinia or Abelia, it can be said that there is no better period but it should be pruned when the need arises.


Don’t forget that it’s always good to keep the right safety standards when dealing with electric blade tools:

  1. If the electric cable is long, keep it rolled up on your shoulder so that it does not end up between the blades;
  2. Always hold the hedge trimmer with both hands.
  3. When using long blade hedge trimmers, never point at your feet, but even for the lower parts, keep the hedge at your side.
  4. If you want your hedge to be compact, start pruning as soon as the plant is planted.

So, did you manage to prune your hedge?

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