Friday, April 13, 2012

It's Hedge Time!

Lots of people think of hedges as the classical English hedgerow and some of the flights of fancy of topiary. Those traditional examples are very beautiful. However, there are lots of plants and shrubs which can make great hedges. Chances are, you already have some on your property. 

If you have plants that are very leafy and bushy, there's a good chance that they can be shaped and made into a hedge or a topiary. The skills required for hedging and topiary are difficult to attain or time consuming or both. However, professionals tend to have the skills, equipment and physical strength to do that work both in a timely and cost effective manner. There are some tricks to hedge trimming which involve improving the core structure of the plant to enhance its growth. 

Typically, Buxus species (aka the common box hedge plant) are used for hedging around Sydney. It's almost ubiquitous in new developments because of the stylish aesthetic. Buxus japonica is delightfully small and makes for wonderful low hedging and other varieties grow to varying heights. 

If you want to choose Australian native hedges, then you can always consider the various lilli pilli (Syzygium  spp) varieties. Some of these flower at times of the year so you can really get a wonderful splash of colour as well as having a nice, refined hedge. It's a good idea to check with your local nursery or have your gardener advise you because some suitable varieties may be too short or too tall for your purposes. 

It's a great time of year for hedging work to be performed. The extra aggressive growth from summer and early autumn that can look so untidy can be removed so that your hedges look smart and clean for almost all of winter. 

Naturally, My Garden Guy performs hedge maintenance, including topiary maintenance. We can look after your hedging desires from planting to maturity. We also are skilled at remediating hedges that have gotten away and need some help. Drop by our website and ask about a quotation just for you.

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