Another major part of our commercial garden services is bed maintenance and hedge cutting with every site where we are contracted requiring these services. A well kept shrub bed can make the look of any development.
A neatly trimmed hedge is such a pleasing sight but it does take a lot of work to achieve the desired look. At WWP we always use the best quality equipment and have our trimming heads regularly sharpened to give the best results possible. The main tool for the job are petrol driven long handled hedge trimmers that gives the reach for most sized hedges as well as being adjustable to carry out a variety of cuts. These hedge cutters are used to shape and keep the hedge to the desired size, if it is a boundary or perimeter a higher hedge is normally preferred whereas hedges internal to the estate are normally trimmed to a lower height to allow a line of sight across the area.
Trimming the hedge to size and shape is not the end of the task as hand tools will then be used for hedge pruning to cut out any dead wood or unwanted growth and underneath the hedge will be cleared of all fallen leaves and debris as well as pulling out any weeds. Once this has all been carried the cuttings and debris will be cleared up and removed from site for recycling.
Generally our hedge cutting service is carried out at least twice per year as part of our grounds maintenance contracts with ongoing smaller trims and maintenance carried out throughout the season as and when required to keep any hedge looking good all year round. Take a look on wikipedia to see just how varied hedges can be and have a surprisingly rich history.
Garden beds will contain a variety of plants whether all shrubs, flowers or a mixture of both and all need care and trimming at the right time of season for that particular species of plant, in a mixed bed this can mean trimming different plants at different times of the season within one bed and this is where the training of staff and their knowledge and experience come into play, for example, a single bed could contain spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils as well as summer flowering perennials and a mix of evergreen flowering shrubs.
When the time is right shrubs are trimmed and pruned regularly to keep them in a good size and shape for their environment while bringing the desired look and keeping the plants healthy, these tasks are carried out using a variety of petrol driven trimmers and hand tools with detailed pruning carried out with a sharp pair of secateurs. Perennials are flowers that die back in the winter and come again in the spring so these will always be cut right back in late autumn and dead headed throughout the summer to prolong the flowering period. As always any trimmings and cutting will be collected and removed from site for recycling.
The overall look of any shrub bed is finished off with a neat base, this is achieved by keeping the bed clear of any debris and weeds as well as regularly turning over the soil and hoeing over and leveling. Where required a ground cover can be added being forest bark, gravel or mulch or even a growing ground cover such as ivy or cotoneaster that needs trimming where necessary and keeping in control. If the bed is adjacent to a lawn then a neat edge will be cut and defined to further improve the look and provide that finishing touch to the bed.
Feeds will be applied at the correct time of year and all plants will be regularly inspected for disease or pest infestation, it is our policy at WWPlants to only use chemical controls if a disease or infestation reaches a point where it will be detrimental to a plants health.