Users' questions

Is there a law about cutting hedges?

Is there a law about cutting hedges?

Regardless of ownership, no-one can trim or cut a hedge if the action damages active birds’ nests, and hence violates the Wildlife and Countryside Act. If tall hedges or trees put your garden in the shade, you can cut off branches which overhang your boundary.

What month can you start cutting hedges?

If you’re wondering when to trim your hedges, it’s usually done sometime between spring and summer. You do, however, have to take into account potential nesting birds as nesting season may run from March to August.

What is the last day for hedge cutting?

THE GOVERNMENT HAS issued a reminder that hedge-cutting is banned from today until the end of August to protect wildlife during nesting season. Under the terms of the Wildlife Act, roadside hedge-cutting is only permitted between 1 September and the end of February.

What is the hedge cutting season?

Restrictions on cutting hedgerows are set out in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 as amended by the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 and the Heritage Act 2018. These Acts stipulate that it is an offence to destroy vegetation on uncultivated land between the 1st of March and the 31st of August each year.

Can my Neighbour cut the top of my hedge?

If you own the tree or hedge Your neighbour can cut any branches that are overhanging into their garden as long as they only remove the bits on their side of the boundary. If they want you to cut your tree or hedge just because they don’t like the way it looks, it’s up to you whether you do the work.

What is the legal height of a hedge between Neighbours?

Please note that there is not a blanket rule that all hedges must be no more than two metres in height. The complaint form explains why you consider the hedge is adversely affecting the reasonable enjoyment of your residential property.

How do you bring a hedge back to life?

If a hedge is old and seriously overgrown, you’ll need to do some rejuvenation pruning using the three-year rule. Remove up to one-third of the thickest stems down at the base of the plant, stimulating new growth; repeat the next year, and the year after.

How do I make my hedges thicker?

Trim the shrub annually after the third pruning to remove any dead, broken or diseased branches. Remove one-quarter to one-third of the branches each year to encourage thick, healthy interior growth. Cut back any branches that extend past the desired perimeter of the shrub.

Is it illegal to cut hedges in summer?

The months of March through to the end of July is the breeding season for birds and as far as hedge cutting is concerned is considered a closed season and unless there exists unavoidable health and safety concerns hedge cutting during this season should be avoided.

What are hedge trimmings?

A hedge trimmer, shrub trimmer, or bush trimmer is a gardening tool or machine used for trimming (cutting, pruning) hedges or solitary shrubs (bushes). Different designs as well as manual and powered versions of hedge trimmers exist.

Who is responsible for cutting my side of my Neighbours hedge?

The responsibility for boundary hedge cutting is shared. Both you and your neighbour should be trimming each other’s respective side of the hedge. You are free to cut back roots or branches that are within your property’s boundaries. However, you’re only allowed to trim the growth on your property.

Does my Neighbour have to cut my side of his hedge?

The responsibility for boundary hedge cutting is shared. Both you and your neighbour should be trimming each other’s respective side of the hedge. You are free to cut back roots or branches that are within your property’s boundaries. Going further may result in your neighbour taking you to court for property damage.

Is there any way to get rid of hedging disease?

Unfortunately, it is quite common and almost no hedge is fully immune. However, the condition is actually relatively easy to treat. You could spray the hedge with a fungicide, or you could simply do nothing. It will go away if the underlying causes have been removed.

What to do if your hedge has Wilt?

In case you suspect that you hedge has been infected by wilt, in order to make sure you need to carefully peel off a piece of bark. If the wood seems to present a discolored tone, then this means that wilt is the cause.

What are some of the most common hedging diseases?

Common Hedging Diseases and How To Treat Them Powdery Mildew. Powdery mildew on hedge. Powdery mildew is a powdery, grey fungal coating that affects a variety of… Box Blight. Boxwood blight. Box blight, unsurprisingly, affects box hedging. Sometimes called boxwood blight, it is… Bronze

Why are the leaves falling off my privet hedge?

The honey fungus attacks at first the root of the plant. This in turn will affect the overall state of health of the plant, with clear signs being late leaf sprung in spring or healthy green leafed branches beginning to die.