Ottawa Hedge Trimming

Hedge being trimmed


At Croft Tree Experts, we are more than just tree removal experts – we also specialize in Ottawa hedge trimming, shaping, pruning, and removal. Our expert arborists know exactly what your hedges need and can provide the best possible care for them. A manicured, well-maintained and trimmed hedge adds a sense of beauty and elegance to your Ottawa home or property – it can also increase your property value. A misshapen, damaged or sick hedge can do the opposite, making your property look shabby and unkempt. Keep your hedges and yard looking great, and let Croft Tree Experts, Ottawa’s hedge trimming experts take care of them.

Improper trimming or shearing can take off too much foliage, causing significant long-term damage which can be costly or impossible to reverse. Depending on its type, your hedge will require a specific trimming schedule. Formative pruning is carried out in winter or early spring, ensuring it is healthy and ready for the growing season. After this initial trim, your hedge will require between 1 and 3 trimmings per year. As a rule of thumb, informal hedges are trimmed once more per year and formal hedges are trimmed 2 or 3 times after the formative pruning.


If you have hedges that you need trimmed or cared for, call Croft Tree Experts. We provide the following hedge services:

Hedge Trimming: Hedge trimming is when tall or overgrown hedges are cut. While many people wish to have their trees trimmed for aesthetic purposes, there are other important reasons to trim them. Birds can often nest in overgrown shrubs and damage them, overgrown branches can block pedestrians and walkways, and extended branches and thick foliage can entangle with electrical wires on the street.

Hedge Pruning: Like hedge trimming, hedge pruning involves cutting or removing branches from your shrub. The difference between hedge trimming and hedge pruning is in what is trying to be accomplished – Hedge pruning is done to protect the hedge and ensure optimal growth. That means removing dead, damaged, or sick branches from the hedge to ensure the tree can focus its energy on the remaining healthy parts.

Hedge Removal: When a hedge is dead damaged beyond repair, you will want to remove it. Or perhaps you have just bought a home and don’t like the look of hedges on your property. No matter your reasons for wanting to remove a hedge, we can get it done.

Trimming a hedge with hedge trimmers.
a perfectly trimmed hedge


Promotes Healthy Growth: In order to ensure healthy growth of your hedges, it is important to provide regular hedge trimming. Trimming your hedges encourages new growth, removes dead or diseased branches, and can reduce the risk of insect and pest infestations.

Increases Property Value: With clean and uniformly trimmed hedges, it makes your entire property look well-kept and more desirable to potential buyers. The exterior of your home can make a significant impression on a purchasing decision – a beautiful property with professional trimmed hedges can create a lasting first impression.

Improves Privacy: Regular trimming helps your hedges grow thicker and more densely. Hedge trimming can add some additional privacy between you and your neighbours by minimizing the gaps in your hedges.

Deals with Overgrowth: Without regular maintenance and trimming, your hedges can start to get out of control and can impede walkways, driveways, and other aesthetic features of your property. Not only could it pose a potential safety hazard, but it can also ruin the overall aesthetic of your home.


When should you trim a hedge?

Hedge trimming typically is done in late winter or early spring. While maintenance can be done through out the spring & summer.

How do you trim overgrown shrubs?

Overgrown shrubs should be pruned in late winter/early spring, just before new leaves appear. Managing large shrubs is done over a season rather than one and done. Here are a few tips:

  1. Use sharp pruners
  2. Avoid pruning in summer heat or in late fall
  3. Always remove branches that cross or are damaged or diseased.
  4. Ensure you are pruning evenly on all sides.
Is it OK to trim bushes in the summer?

There are different types of bushes that require a different pruning schedule. Some bushes that flower in the summer, bloom on growth from the current growing season. With these bushes you should not prune in the summer.

Do newly planted hedges need more or less maintenance?

Newly planted hedges need considerably more maintenance compared to more mature hedges. This maintenance is called formative pruning and it should take place for 2-3 years to ensure your newly planted hedge grows well and has the shape that you want.

Who is responsible for trimming a hedge on or near a property line?

If a hedge is on your side of the property line, then you own it and are responsible for trimming or paying for it to be trimmed. Your neighbor has the right to trim any part of the hedge that crosses or overhands over their property.

What is hedge trimming?

Hedge trimming is the process of clearing off dead or overgrown parts of a plant. A well trimmed hedge will be healthier and will also enhance the look of your property. Contact us to learn about our hedge trimming services and to get a free quote!

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