In order to promote diversity in both flora and fauna it
is best to aim for a variety of techniques and to decide on objectives for the different sections of hedge (Teagasc, 2008). No single method of management is appropriate for all and the quest for neatness should not take precedence over ecological and landscape considerations (Teagasc, 2008). Hedgelaying was the traditional method of management and it is now seeing a revival.
The traditional method of hedge laying.
Here we see a hedge that has had no management and is reverting to a remnant.
The result of a well laid hedge
Principls of hedge laying.
Partially cut through each main stem and lay it down at an angle of about 30 degrees. The stems and stumps then re-sprout producing a dense barrier. Cut the stumps close to the ground and remove the heel of the stump. This will promote re-growth that will thicken the base of the hedge so that it can be laid again in the future.
Traditional Hand Tools.
The traditional tools required for hedge
Badly laid hedge.
The result of hedgelaying that has been carried out by untrained labour.
Hedge laying or art form. Truly a beautiful piece of work.