The notes below apply to mature beech hedges in good condition that have reached or are near their final height.
Clipping and Pruning a Mature Beech Hedge
After the first two years formative pruning, your hedge should be well on its way to becoming a mature hedge. The advice below also applies if you have bought a property with an established hedge in good condition.
Overall Shape: Generally speaking, you are aiming to give your hedge a slightly tapered shape, a bit like this but with less steep sides: / \
When to clip your mature beech hedge: A light clipping twice a year is all that's needed:
If you need to prune out a branch for any reason, do this in winter when the tree is dormant.
We have a great selection of bareroot beech hedge plants for planting between November and March and potted plants for summer delivery.