As the weather gets cooler and the days shorten, it’s easy to neglect our outdoor spaces as we begin to spend more time indoors. There are many creative ways to keep your yard looking great and to encourage you to get outside more often.
Celebrity gardener Monty Don has shared a clever tip to make a small garden look bigger and give it a new point of interest – and it’s all about how you cut the hedge.
You’ll need your best hedge trimmer or a pair of shears, and a decent-sized space to work with. ‘Any garden can be improved by subdividing with hedges,’ begins Monty Don, speaking on Gardeners’ World.
‘But you can make a hedge more interesting – and a garden seem even bigger – by cutting windows into them. We’ve done that here at Longmeadow all over the garden, in fact, we keep adding more and more,’ he tells viewers.
The gardening guru says that you can make a hedge window at any stage from now through to February. So this means you can take time to consider where your hedge window would be best placed for making a charming garden feature.
While there’s no huge rush, you should avoid cutting any hedges between February and September because you don’t want to disturb nesting birds, Monty warns. According to the RSPB website it is generally between March and Aug that birds breed, but this can vary depending on the weather.
It’s always a good idea to check hedges thoroughly before cutting any branches back, whether simply tidying your garden or trying something more adventurous. You should cut your hedge window larger than you think it will be, regardless of whether it is a rectangle or a square.
Although it might seem like you’ll end up with big gaps, your hedge will soon grow back. Monty adds, “Then it can grow in and it is the soft new growth you can cut nice and straight and firmed.”
If you are lucky enough to have a large green space, make sure that you’re lining the hedge window up properly with other hedges, trees and shrubs. This will allow you to enjoy your hedge window view from many different places.
Line it up with your birdbath, favorite rose or water feature to bring your garden a sense of wonder.