Unruly, untamed, unwanted, overgrown and unkempt hedges are not only an eyesore, a horrible hedge can be highly de-motivational if you're trying to polish your garden up. Since they're so massive, and require a lot of care on a regular basis, you may just want to be rid of your hedge completely. In which case, you'll need to read this guide on how to kill your unkempt hedge with an electric hedge trimmer.
The reason why this issue normally arises is because the hedge was likely damaged during stormy weather and other acidic weather conditions. Acidic rain can be as damaging to plants as dangerous chemicals are to our skin, hence proper gradual care is required to prevent damage caused by these harsh chemicals. In addition, insects can house themselves on the hedges, causing further vitiation.
There's no need to address the problem in a haphazardly and rash manner- simply choose an effective method and execute it. Herbicidal treatment, weed killer, and other careful spot treatment clean tools can be integrated into a gradual process to nurture healthy growth for your landscape instead, getting rid of overgrown hedges (overgrown hedges are a sign you need to make some changes). You need to allow adequate time for this process- good results require quite a bit of time.
Depending on your hedge, you have various solutions to choose from:
If you're dealing with an entire garden full of annoying weeds and dense patches you should have some weed killer nearby. When using this, take care to target the roots that need removal. Weed killer can spread to other root networks, and damage plants you actually want to keep. The best way to ensure this is to avoid contact of the chemicals with the soil. If you're still worried, you can always call a professional in the field to be rid of your dense patches of hedge.
When it comes to killing your hedge, here are the core steps you need to take to ensure it's done properly:
If you're dealing with a much larger hedge, or hedging surrounding public gardens- you will need a professional. You can try to do it yourself, but we don't recommend it. This is because larger hedges need to be dealt with using advanced equipment and safety measures to prevent accidents. The reason is mainly due to the presence of larger hedge trees, which can collapse and cause fatal accidents if safety measures are not in place. If you're dealing with a public garden, there's a risk of these trees collapsing on a person too. Contact a professional.
If you're just dealing with your own garden, or smaller hedges, use our guide above to ensure a thorough procedure with a good-quality herbicide. This will prevent damage to wanted underground stems.
If you're dealing with a hedges and bushes that are shorter than 15 feet, you can even use something called a foliar spray. This will effectively remove unwanted plants in a smaller area. A systematic herbicide may also be used to eliminate a whole network of a plant, as the chemicals penetrate the entire plant system you wish to remove.
Get your gardening gloves on when doing this work- chemicals for weed killing and hedge plant removal are highly irritant to human skin. There are two core active ingredients which we briefly mentioned above, and it's important to understand each one in a little more depth to achieve the results you want.
This ingredient is a selective type of herbicide used to remove broad-leaved plants without harming the grass below in the process.
Another selective herbicide option is Triclopyr, which is ideally for hedge stumps, independent hedges, a developed hedge, weeds (broad-leaved) and general mature hedges. It's best for stocky, large hedge care.