If you're like most people, you've got a sad-looking, post-winter hedge bordering your yard. Rows of thickly planted shrubs can be a handsome way to define borders and boundary lines, keep children and pets in (or out), and give birds shelter and even food. But like all shrubs, hedges need regular watering, feeding, and pruning to look their best. Though folks may forget to give roots a good drink in hot weather or to fertilize in early spring with a good 10-10-10 formula, the last area is where most of us really lose it. "A lot of people are intimidated by pruning, but it's a science anyone can master," says This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook. "You just have to learn a few basics."
Mistake #1: Shearing hedges without hand-pruning them
Using shears-whether hand-held pruners with long scissorlike blades or a power trimmer-to take off branch tips keeps hedges neat and tidy, and also stimulates bud production near the plants'Read More »from 3 Ways to Absolutely Ruin Your Hedges