Happy hedge trimming: Flymo’s guide to garden hedges this Bank Holiday

Picture perfect hedges can transform a nice looking garden into something from a post card. An important part of any garden, when hedges are pruned, lush green and looking good they have the ability to impress neighbours and passers-by alike.
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You may or may not know that August is a crucial month for hedge maintenance, with many gardening experts expressing their opinions that this is the month when many hedges should be pruned.

With the last Bank Holiday of the year coming up, we’re here to ensure you know what to cut and what not to cut this month, as well as helping you decide on a hedge trimmer that best suits your needs.

When to cut hedges?

This all depends on what hedge is on your property. Below we have identified some of the more common types found in the UK.

Laurel hedges – One of the classic, more popular type of British hedge is laurel hedging. With their long green leaves laurels can often make for a hefty clear up afterwards but rest assured, cutting must be done to ensure your garden does not resemble a jungle in Autumn. July or August are recommended months to cut these leafy hedges. 

Conifer hedges (such as Leyland cypress) – These can be cut up to three times per year because of their fast growth. Cutting this hedge frequently and removing just a little bit each time is the best way to manage growth. The key times to trim are April, July and August, meaning you should look to do your last trim of the year this weekend.

Yew hedges – Once a year for Yew hedges, ideally in the months of August or September.

Beech hedges - August is also the best time to trim Beech hedges. They grow quickly in the earlier parts of the year but need time to grow before winter comes, meaning this month is perfect for them to be cut back.

Privet hedges - Should be cut at least twice a year, between the months of May and August.

What hedge trimmer do I need?

When choosing the correct hedge trimmer for your garden you must ask yourself a few questions. How high is my hedge? How dense? How long will I be using a hedge trimmer for? And how much freedom do I need to move?

Once you’ve answered these questions you’ll have a better idea of the model for you.


For those looking for a powerful trimmer

The Flymo EasiCut 600XT – The EasiCut 600XT is the largest, most powerful electric hedge trimmer in the Flymo range and is designed to help cut tall hedges and bushes with its long reach handles. The EasiCut 600XT boasts a number of helpful features, that make cutting your hedges and bushes, quick and easy.

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For those with tall hedges

The Flymo SabreCut XT Cordless - Cut hedges up to 3 meters tall without a ladder with Flymo's latest hedge trimmer. A cordless 18V battery provides freedom, allowing you to use the product anywhere in the garden. Also ideal for cutting ground cover, without the need to bend down, minimising strain and making hedge cutting quicker, easier and safer.

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For those who need freedom to move around the garden

Flymo EasiCut Cordless 500 – A powerful 24V cordless hedge trimmer. The quick, convenient and easy way to trim your bushes and hedges this light cordless hedge trimmer has an ergonomically shaped handle and large start button for easy, safe start-up in every cutting situation. Optimised blade geometries ensure an efficient, fast, clean cut whilst it’s blade protector ensures the user is protected against kickback when cutting close to the ground.