Real World Gardener Expert Hedging in Tool Time

October 18th, 2018


Expert Hedging

Chances are you have a hedge in your garden, maybe to hide the back fence or just for show.

Hedges come in sizes and shapes and even vary in the colour of their leaves.


Chosen carefully hedges don’t need that much maintenance in the form of pruning or clipping or even disease control.

Perhaps you’ve let it go over the years, and now it’s that bit too high to manage easily making you dread having to tackle it.

Let’s find out how to get the hedge back into shape.

I'm talking with Tony Mattson General Manager of

Today’s episode was all about bringing that 3-4 metre high hedge back to a more manageable height, starting with the top first and only lightly pruning the front.

Tony's expert hedger, Simon was tackling a lilly pilly, Acmena smithii minor "Goodbye Neighbour," and Murraya.


Plumbago and Muehlenbeckia hedge

Recommendation:Simon's recommendation was to hard prune hedges only in March-April, and August-September.

Each time you

You will need to use long handled (1.2m shears) as well as normal sized hedge shears.

Also, a pair of secateurs to cuts some of the thicker stems that are too hard for the hedge shears.

BIG TIPcut or trim the hedge back, do it in stages, that is , a bit deeper each prune, otherwise you risk losing the hedge or getting a lot of dieback. 

You might start off with cutting the top back 1/2 metre in the first stage, wait a month, then come back and cut a bit deeper .

At this point, only lightly prune the front of the hedge 5-8 cm leaving lots of new growth.


If you have any questions about hedge pruning either for me or for Tony why not email or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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