How to choose and care for hedges

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The hedges are a fundamental element of a beautiful garden. They are used for purely aesthetic factors, to delimit boundaries or, even, as a fence that helps to maintain privacy. But which heel to choose and how to cure it?

First, it is necessary to evaluate the purpose of planting a hedge at a given point in the garden. To have a wall hanging, very dense, you can choose the cypress, which is well suited to large spaces and thanks to its compactness, it certainly has an effect. However, it must be considered that cypress can reach large dimensions, both in width and height, while the leaves at the base become more workable.

For a hedge that is easy to cure, you can opt for the paisley, a plant of Asian origins that has adapted very well to our climate, enduring in both cold and hot seasons. The variant used is the "pittosforum tobira", characterized by lush vegetation with leaves of a beautiful bright green. In spring it produces an inflorescence. The flowers, very small, grow in small bouquets and emanate a delicate scent.

For even more lush blooms, there is the oleander hedge, which can be made monochromatic or polychromatic with colors ranging from white to red, passing through pink and yellow. To make low and aromatic hedges, the choice can fall on hedges of sage, rosemary or laurel.
When to spit the hedges

The favorable periods for the pruning of hedges are two: the first is at the end of winter, the second at the end of summer. Though these are the recommended times, consider the specific requirements of the plant that you have chosen. In fact, some plants require little maintenance and can be harvested only once a year; others require more attention and need more pruning, even three times a year, adding pruning in the summer because, at this time, vegetation production increases exponentially. In the latter case are the hedgehogs in lauroceras, those in hawthorn and the hedgehog hedges.
How to spit the hedges

First of all, you have to have the tools: shears, jigsaws and cutlery. Depending on the plant chosen to make the hedge and the conditions in which it is poured, you decide what tool to use. The important thing is that the tools are well sharpened and sterilized to prevent the plant from being attacked by parasites on the blade itself. The cut should be made near (about 5 mm) of a gem or knot, taking care to run it at an angle of about 45 °. If the garden hedges are very extensive, the use of the cutlery is almost indispensable. Though pruning with this might seem easier, it is good to have some tricks even with the help of this tool. If the hedge to work is low, you must start from the top, holding the cutter bushes horizontally, trying to keep your arms at the same height. Once the first cut has been made, you have to go back to remove the twigs that were not cut in the first pass. To fix the hips of a hedge, you have to make bows that go from bottom to top, a movement that prevents the blades from approaching your legs. For high hedges, a telescopic cutter can be used to reach the top of the hedge with less fatigue. Of great importance is trying to remove all the cut branches that can end up in the hedge; these in fact risk being broken, causing the plant to fall ill. For more information about cutlery, visit the tagliasiepi-top.com website.

One last tip is not to override your hedges. In fact, when several pruning is skipped, when it is finally decided to settle it, the fatigue will double. In this case you will need to create guidelines by cutting everything out of these.

Silvia Crimi (more info at www.tagliasiepi-top.com)

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