Thanks to magnificent growth and evergreen leaves thuja hedge enjoys great popularity. The trees of life are easy to care for and robust. Nevertheless, garden owners need to regularly cut back the thuja hedge. How to do it, you can learn here.
Table of Contents
Right Care for thuja hedges
Thuja hedge is a hardy plant. If you do not regularly cut the trees of life, you will soon look at large specimens.
However, the individual thuja trees are tolerant of pruning. Thus, it is possible to give structure to the wild hedge and create a beautiful appearance. Some gardeners advocate that the thuja hedges are not cut. However, this approach has its drawbacks:
- unsightly sight after a few years
- growth is slower
- with advancing height the care becomes impossible
Regular pruning is recommended if you want the thuja to develop optimally. For many gardeners, the question arises as to how often pruning the thuja hedge is necessary. The following aspects are important when planning pruning and the specific time:
- rough time frame instead of precise timing
- at least once a year
- up to three cuts per year
- possible from spring to late summer
It is recommended to cut back the thuja three times. Then you should start with the first cut in April. The second round follows in June, when growth slows down. At the end of August, you can cut the thuja hedge the third time before autumn and winter approach.
When cutting thuja it depends on what function it performs in the garden. Often the plants are used as a hedge. Occasionally, individual specimens are planted in the garden for ornamental purposes. The respective purpose influences the requirements when pruning. If you have a hedge in the garden, it should remain dense to provide privacy. For individual ornamental plants, on the other hand, the shape is crucial.
Before we get to the pruning instructions, you need the right tools. Motorized hedge trimmers are very popular because they can save time and energy. For the thuja hedge, manual hedge trimmers are a better choice. These offer you greater control to trim the shoots just a little. The following tools and materials are the basis for your success in cutting back the thuja:
- Hedge trimmer
- Branch saw
- Bag for branches, twigs and co.
- Work clothes, gloves and safety goggles
The specific instructions for pruning depend on the particular shape. For special shapes, you should use a sketch as a guide. Otherwise, you can use the following instructions:
- cut only a few centimeters
- remove disturbing branches close to the trunk
- cut back max. two thirds of the growth per year
- do not cut the old wood
- shorten long main shoots
Frequently asked questions
Why is work clothing important when trimming the hedge?
The entire tree of life is poisonous. This can cause health problems not only when eating the green leaves. The sap that comes out can cause dermatological irritation. Consequently, work clothes are the way to go.
How to winter the hedge?
The evergreen foliage makes thuja hedges a popular planting in the home garden. Some varieties are hardy down to -30 degrees. It is important that the plants have enough liquid in the winter. Then wintering will not be a problem.
Why is wet weather bad for pruning?
You should not prune thuja on wet autumn days. Intersections are ideal for pathogens. In bad weather, the trees of life can not quickly close the injuries. In addition, the plant sap leaks out. However, this is vital for the thuja hedge.
What do I do in case of bare spots?
When pruning goes wrong, bare spots are commonplace. Often young shoots forgive the human error. In addition, it is possible to pull neighboring branches into the hole and fix them there. After a short time the hedge closes again.
I have 30 years of experience and i started this website to see if i could try and share my knowledge to help you.
With a degree a Horticulture BSc (Hons)
I have worked as a horticulture specialist lead gardener, garden landscaper, and of course i am a hobby gardener at home in my own garden.
Please if you have any questions leave them on the article and i will get back to you personally.