July 17, 2015

Pruning the Hornbeam Hedges

The big task of pruning the hornbeam hedges is in full swing at my farm.

This week, the outdoor grounds crew trimmed the hornbeam hedge in front of my main greenhouse. Botanically known as Carpinus betulus, the hornbeam is a fast growing deciduous tree - it can grow about four to five feet per year. I like to maintain it using a traditional European style of pruning, so it has a nice, sculpted appearance. This means, it’s crucial that the hedge be pruned regularly, so it doesn’t look overgrown and unruly.

It is quite a chore, but the end result is well worth the effort - take a look at our process.