My neighbours have had their hedges trimmed and they look very smart.
But I'm going to continue to let the side down (something I do very well when it comes to tidiness) and mine aren't going to be touched until the end of the winter.
|My hedges on the left compared to the ones of my neighbours on the right|
At the moment my hedges are absolutely full of berries, haws, and hips, things that will keep the birds fed all through winter.
|My hedges are bursting with life|
Now I'm not going to come across "better than thou" here, I can understand that commercial farmers need to trim the hedges when they haven't got crops in the ground and the end of summer is the time to do that if they are planting in the autumn. But my grass fields only have sheep grazing them so I think it's best, for me, to just leave the hedges a little longer.
|Full of food for the birds for winter|
Trimming hedges, is a good thing I think in general as it promotes growth, but I do think that it sometimes leaves all the growth at the top of the hedge, not ideal for nesting birds. My hedges are properly overgrown and have plenty of hiding places for them. In a perfect world I'd pleach them every so many years - but there is no way I've got time for that (or the skill currently).
How do you like it?
Nice and tidy like the neighbours or an overgrown mess like mine!?