Hedge cuts include the topping and pruning of plants. The topping must be performed during the vegetative development phase of the hedges or in any case whenever the branches overflow. It consists in cutting the growth, that is, the branches that appear at the apex of the plant or peripheral to stimulate the development of new shoots, to facilitate the growth of a lush and compact crown and finally to create a homogeneous optical effect in our garden by bringing the plants of the same stature and foliage density. Pruning, on the other hand, is used to eliminate damaged branches, to allow light and air to penetrate the foliage, it must be carried out with the appropriate technique and in certain pre-established periods of the year, it varies from species to species, some plants require only one annual pruning others need more pruning.
Hedge cutting tools
In gardening there are many tools for pruning hedges. They range from scissors that can be curved blades, pointed or anvil suitable for small interventions, to electric shears with rechargeable battery and to classic pruning shears with a wavy blade suitable for wide-leaf hedges. Finally, to prune the tallest branches it will be good to use a lopper with extendable handles. For small leaf plants, a battery operated electric hedge trimmer can be used. After each work, the tools must be carefully maintained and oiled with a special product to maintain their efficiency and to always obtain a clean cut of the plants in order to avoid the unsightly wrecking of the leaves. To facilitate the work, stretch a rope between two posts between the various trees to immediately identify the overflowing branches.