When is the best time to trim hedges?

It’s important to have a nice hedge all year round. Of course, it’s all about choosing the right times to allow new growth to flourish without being hindered by the weather. When is the best time to trim your hedges and how can you do it safely?

Pruning hedges: what is the point?

Whether it’s a privacy hedge or a landscape hedge, pruning is an essential part of the maintenance of your plant walls.

It allows your trees and shrubs to maintain a harmonious shape, but also to encourage beautiful flowering in spring and summer.

Of course, the maintenance of a hedge also allows you to avoid the anarchic development of branches and to control the volume of the chosen plants.

A well-trimmed hedge also enhances your garden and outdoor furniture.


When and how to prune your hedges?

Ideal period for pruning

In general, it is recommended to prune hedges once or twice a year, r even three times for the most vigorous hedges.

We advise you to prune after each period of growth of your trees and shrubs:

  • At the end of winter, before 15 March;
  • At the end of summer, from August to October.

Please note that In France, for example, the law prohibits the pruning of hedges from 15 March to 31 July in order to respect the nesting period before the fledglings fly.

NB : do not prune your hedges during the frost period, as this may prevent their growth and damage their colour.

Equipment needed for pruning

First of all, you will need pruning tools adapted to the nature of your hedge:

  • Pruning shears: for cutting small branches;
  • Power pruners: for cutting medium-sized branches;
  • Pruning pole: for cutting small to medium-sized branches;
  • Shears: for trimming low hedges and for finishing;
  • Hedge trimmer (motorised): for trimming at a higher speed than manually;
  • Chainsaw: for trimming overgrown hedges by cutting branches and trunks.

To work on all levels of your hedge, you can use a step stool, a stepladder or even a scaffold if necessary.

Finally, don’t neglect the protective equipment (PPE) for hedge trimming:

  • Protective gloves;
  • Protective goggles; 
  • Earmuffs;
  • Safety shoes; 
  • High visibility waistcoat;
  • Safety harness.


ROSTAING equipment for pruning

Discover a selection of our protective gloves designed for pruning and hedge maintenance work.

When is the best time to trim hedges?


Developed thanks to the collaboration of 3 winegrowing estates, this pair of gloves has been designed for vineyard work and arboriculture: wood pulling, intensive pruning…

This innovative model has an ultra-resistant ergonomic reinforcement in addition to very good waterproofing.

Moreover, it is perfectly suited to work in a cool environment (from 0 to 15°C), which is ideal for winter pruning operations.

When is the best time to trim hedges?


The new GRIFSTOP cuff, developed by the Rostaing R&D department, will complete your total protection.

Made from RIPSTOP® tear-resistant fabric, the cuff will provide you with excellent resistance to scratches. This fabric is also breathable and very comfortable for intensive brush cutting.

When is the best time to trim hedges?


This glove is recommended for garden maintenance and brush cutting operations. Particularly suitable for use with low vibration tools, it is a perfect complement for handling hedge trimmers or edgers.

Comfortable and breathable, this glove has non-slip fingertips and an adjustable wrist closure.

When is the best time to trim hedges?


The SOULDIER protective glove is appreciated for handling hedge trimmers, lawnmowers and other tools with small vibrations. Thanks to its palm reinforcement, it is more durable and the first wear area is reinforced. This glove is also tactile, no need to remove your glove to consult your phone!

To find out more about our protective glove ranges, see our 2022 catalogue

When is the best time to trim hedges?

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