September 30, 2021

Caring for My European Beech Hedges

Outdoor projects at my Bedford, New York farm continue with the pruning of my young European beech trees.

In the spring of 2019, I decided to plant about 300 specimen trees along the sides of two large horse paddocks to create hedges. For these areas, I chose a collection of beautiful European beech trees, Fagus sylvatica, or the common beech - a deciduous tree belonging to the beech family Fagaceae and native to the woodlands of central and southern Europe. They've grown quite nicely over the years, and yesterday my gardeners, Ryan McCallister and Brian O'Kelly, took on the task of pruning them - an important chore that keeps the trees healthy and encourages new growth.

Enjoy these photos.