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Expert Hedge Cutting Services in Dorset

Your Local Hedge Cutting and Trimming Specialists

Welcome to Dorset Arborists, your local hedge cutting and trimming specialists. We are a family-owned business that has an expert team of tree surgeons in Dorset ready and waiting to help you take control of your hedges.

Do you live in Bournemouth, Poole or Dorset? Do you have hedges and bushes that need to be cut? If yes then contact Dorset Arborists and we will have your hedges looking the best they have ever been. Call us today on 07392 513 306 or email info@dorsetarborists.co.uk.

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Our Hedge Cutting Process

Let’s face it — hedges can be beautiful to look at, but they can be a nightmare to take care of. They need to be trimmed regularly, and when they are not handled properly, they can end up being cut incorrectly. Plus, they’re usually found in places that make it hard for you to reach them without having to use a ladder. That’s why it’s a good idea to hire specialists who know the best way to trim them correctly.

We believe we have the best process to ensure our customers are 100% happy with their hedges. We start by “inspecting” the hedge and charting a plan of attack. This involves removing all excess growth and trimming the sides and bottom of the hedge. Next, we move in and cut out all dead or unwanted branches. Finally, we will shape and tidy it up so it fits into its environment — ensuring it’s a significant feature that looks well balanced.

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The Benefits of Hedge Cutting and Trimming

Did you know hedge trimming is beneficial to more than just your garden’s appearance? Read some of the benefits below.

  • Deals with overgrowth – The overgrowth of a hedge can be very quick and disastrous. The weight of the hedge can cause branches to fall off, which can cause damage to a home’s exterior. Also, the overgrowth of the hedge can ruin a garden’s aesthetic appeal.
  • Can promote health – Trimming your hedge frequently encourages new growth and helps keep the tree healthy. Trimming also encourages the growth of plants and bigger blooms.
  • Can increase property value – Tidying up a hedge can have a positive impact beyond the aesthetics, as it draws attention to the exterior of your home. If you’re planning to sell, a well-trimmed hedge could entice prospective buyers and help attract more potential offers. At the same time, you should be prepared for what lies beneath and try not to let your garden get out of control.
  • Increases privacy – Regular trimming is important to maintain the hedge’s density, which makes it hard for nosy neighbours to look through the gaps in order to see what you are up to. The hedge will look far more substantial and dense when the foliage is kept shorter than a certain length, as opposed to just letting it grow out.
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Your Hedge Trimming Questions Answered

Trimming your hedge frequently can improve the overall health of your hedge, which can encourage new growth. If you already have an existing hedge that you want to grow thicker, one great technique is to remove about one-third of the woody stems. This can rejuvenate your hedge, making it look fuller and more beautiful.

If you are growing a brand new hedge and want to make it grow thicker from the very start there are a number of things you should focus on.

  • Plant your hedges at the right time – try and plant your hedges during the fall up until early spring so you don’t have to deal with frost.
  • Don’t overlook water and fertilizer – to help your hedges grow, ensure you water them frequently and use a slow-release fertilizer that’s rich in nitrogen.
  • You could plant the hedges close together – to encourage quick and thick growth a good tip is to plant your hedges around 3 feet apart. However, if your hedges are expected to be very big, you should space them apart.
  • Prepare your soil – you know the saying…fail to prepare, prepare to fail. It’s important you thoroughly prepare your soil so your hedge has a good base to grow.
  • Trim at the right times – trimming your hedges at certain times is crucial. Focus on late winter or early spring.

According to Checkatrade, the average rate for hedge trimming is in the region of £60 to £120 per hour depending on the individual hedge trimmer, their experience and where they live.

At Dorset Arborists, we provide competitive prices for all of our tree services in Dorset. If you’d like to find out more, we can even offer you a free no-obligation quote. Just call us on 07392 513 306.

Creating a hedge that can grow in both the full sun and under the shade of trees can be a challenge. However, there are several great hedges that do well in shadier locations. Here are five of our favourites:

  • Hicks Yew
  • European Beech
  • Green Giant Arborvitae
  • Teton Firethorn
  • Schip Laurel

We recommend avoiding hedge cutting during the main breeding season for nesting birds. This period runs from March to August each year, but some birds may nest outside this time frame; so it’s important to always check carefully for active nests prior to cutting.

High hedges, or tall hedges as they are sometimes known, are trees that grow in a line at least two meters tall and can block out light. There is a common misconception that it is illegal to grow a high hedge above two meters. In fact, there is no legal maximum height for a hedge.

Boundaries are legally defined as “any structure that separates your property from your neighbour’s, such as a fence, wall or hedge”. In most cases, who is responsible for each side is determined in a boundary agreement based on the land attributed to a property.

You are allowed to prune and trim the hedge on your side of the boundary fence, but you may not remove it completely. If you do, your neighbour may choose to take you to court. If they win the case, you will be expected to replant the hedge and also pay legal fees.


Dorset Arborists are expert tree surgeons in Dorset who provide free, no-obligation quotes and high-quality services across Dorset and surrounding areas. As a family-owned and operated arborist company, we pride ourselves on our passion for providing high-level tree surgery services to all our customers.

Whether you need your hedges cut and trimmed, or any of our other tree services such as stump removal, pollarding, and tree felling, we have you covered. We also offer commercial tree services and can help you with tree preservation order applications.

Call our team on 07392 513 306 or email info@dorsetarborists.co.uk