Annual Hedge Cut

Well the annual hedge cut is well under way, not quite so rushed this year, we can now afford to take our time doing it. When we first bought the house back in 2005 the hedge was about 3.75-4 metres in height… way too high to even think about tackling it ourselves. Legally it should not be more than 2 metres in height on a boundary. So each year we have to give it its annual hair cut!

We are well equipped for this operation, dust sheets for collecting the clippings, high sided trailer for transporting the clippings to the déchèterie (tip), electric hedge trimmers and rakes etc.

This was the hedge when we bought the house in 2005

The hedge in 2005

Then in Feb 2006 we had a team of guys come in to give it a severe prune.

At last you can now see the house, and more importantly we could see out!

So here is were we are with this years cut, as always we start on the outside and work out way along the outside face and the top, still to do is the short bit to the left hand side of the gates and then the inside and the top inside, but it’s looking smarter already.

2 comments to Annual Hedge Cut

  • Very neat – you’re very lucky it only needs doing once a year! Is it laurel?

    I got deeply cheesed off at the neighbouring farmer who took a “faucheur” to a mixed hedgerow 2m on OUR side of the boundary late summer. Made a right mess of it. Told him not to touch it again without permission.

    Phil

  • Steve

    Hi Phil
    Yes it’s a Laurel. I suspect now we are here that we might trim it a couple of times a year, it’s a fairly big job to do just once a year. Might be less of a chore if we keep on top of it say once every 6 months.

    I did wonder about those machines on tractors, but as you say they make a mess of it. Ours will look smart once the inside and top are finished off.