Hedge Cutting for Privacy: Crafting Natural Screens for Your Yard
This is a photo of a Tree in Faversham that has recently had crown reduction carried out. Works were undertaken by Faversham Tree Surgeons

Introduction: In a world where outdoor spaces are becoming more valuable, privacy is a cherished commodity. Enter the art of hedge cutting for privacy – a green and natural way to create secluded havens in your yard. In this blog post, presented by Faversham Tree Surgeons, we’ll explore the transformative power of hedge cutting in crafting natural screens that shield your space from prying eyes and enhance its beauty and serenity.

  1. The Allure of Natural Privacy

Benefits of Natural Screens:

  • Green Aesthetics: A natural hedge screen adds a lush, vibrant touch to your landscape, creating an inviting and relaxing atmosphere.
  • Eco-Friendly: Unlike artificial privacy options, natural hedge screens contribute positively to the environment by providing habitats for wildlife and promoting air quality.
  • Year-Round Appeal: Well-maintained hedges offer year-round coverage, ensuring privacy even in the colder months.
  1. Choosing the Right Hedge Species

Criteria for Selection:

  • Height and Density: Opt for hedge species that naturally grow tall and dense, providing effective coverage.
  • Climate Suitability: Choose species that thrive in your climate to ensure their health and longevity.
  • Maintenance Tolerance: Select a species that aligns with the amount of care and maintenance you’re willing to provide.
  1. Crafting Your Natural Screen


  • Measure and Plan: Determine the length and height of your desired screen. Map out the area where you’ll plant your hedge.
  • Soil Preparation: Ensure the soil is well-draining and rich in nutrients. Proper soil preparation is crucial for healthy hedge growth.


  • Spacing: Follow the spacing recommendations for your chosen species. This ensures adequate airflow and room for growth.
  • Planting Depth: Plant your hedges slightly more profoundly than they were in their containers to encourage strong root development.
  1. Hedge Cutting Techniques for Privacy

Encouraging Density:

  • Regular Trimming: Regular, light trims encourage branching and denser foliage. Trim the sides slightly narrower at the top to ensure sunlight reaches the lower parts.
  • Pruning the Interior: Remove dead or weak growth from the interior of the hedge to encourage vigorous growth.

Shaping for Privacy:

  • Tapered Shape: Gradually reduce the width of the hedge towards the top. This shape allows light to penetrate while maintaining privacy at eye level.
  1. Maintenance and Care

Watering: Provide consistent watering, especially during the establishment phase. Deep, infrequent watering promotes strong root growth.

Fertilisation: Apply a balanced fertiliser to support healthy growth. Follow the recommendations for your chosen species.

Mulching: Apply mulch around the base of the hedge to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Conclusion: Hedge cutting for privacy is a harmonious marriage of functionality and beauty. With careful planning, proper species selection, and skilled hedge-cutting techniques, you can create natural screens that provide seclusion and enhance your yard’s aesthetic appeal. At Faversham Tree Surgeons, we understand the nuances of creating stunning hedge screens for privacy, and we’re here to help you transform your outdoor space into a private sanctuary that invites tranquillity and relaxation.

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