Garden Maintenance & Hedge Trimming West Sussex, Surrey & Hampshire



No tranquil garden is complete without a beautiful array of hedges and shrubs, but keeping them in pristine condition requires expert maintenance. CHAS approved, Foremans Tree Specialist Ltd’s in-depth knowledge of trees, hedges shrubs and plants means that we’re able to tailor our pruning methods to suit each element of your garden.

Whether you’re looking for a simple tidy of your beautiful plants or complex hedge shaping with topiary, we’re here to help. We’ll run through a full consultation with you before starting, completely free of charge, to help you create a garden space that can be enjoyed all year round.

At Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd, we also have all the latest hedge cutting and tree surgery equipment to safely and efficiently take any hedge of any size. From the state of the art telescopic hedge trimmers to tripod ladders and cherry pickers (MEWPS), we can maintain the hedges your gardeners just can’t reach.

Contact us today and our knowledgeable staff will happily arrange a no-obligation site visit to identify your needs and discuss suitable options. Our garden maintenance and hedge cutting services are available in CrawleyChichesterHorshamWest Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and across the South-East.


There are millions of Leylandii Conifer trees across the UK. Although they make for excellent hedging and offer a great ‘privacy screen’, they also require timely maintenance and routine trimming as a consequence of their exceptional growth rate. 

As your helpful and local Horsham tree surgeons, we’ve put together this article to outline the right care and maintenance your conifers will require to serve you well for years to come.


People all across the UK love having Leylandii trees in their garden – in fact, according to statistics from only three years back, there were well over 55 million Leylandii trees across the entire nation. The number of Leylandii trees has risen significantly since then, which means that many people often call upon the expertise of a tree surgeon to provide them with the right care and maintenance. 

On average, Laylandiis can grow over 150ft, so they’re something you’ll want to keep on top of to prevent them from taking over! 

Leylandiis are great for many purposes, most commonly for the sake of hedging or to have better privacy around your house. Their reasonably fast growth means you need to maintain and trim them at fixed intervals so that they retain the same height and spread each year. We always suggest utilising a professional hedge cutting service to help prevent any issues and ensure a neat and tidy finish.

If you don’t get your Leylandii pruned correctly, then you run the risk of running into unnecessary problems; including loss of space, poor ground conditions in the surrounding area, insufficient light coming into your home and even potential structural damage. 

Over 300,000 Leylandii trees are sold each year, and a significant amount of these are to replace existing trees and hedges that have taken over or died back due to improper maintenance. If managed properly, a well established and maintained Leylandii is something that can be a precious asset for homes and open spaces alike. 

As strange as it may sound, Leylandiis are the most planted, yet most hated hedge in Great Britain. They are naturally vigorous and robust, which means many people tend to use them as an ‘ideal weapon’ for getting back at annoying, inconsiderate or nosy neighbours. 

So as it turns out, they are not only ideal for gaining better privacy against prying eyes but also as an acoustic barrier, helping to minimise any noise coming from nearby roads or highways. If appropriately managed by your local tree surgeon, the dense branches can absorb almost all unwanted and annoying sounds. 


If you ask any excellent hedge cutting service, they will tell you that all hedges, in general, require trimming at least once between a 12 to 18-month span. And it’s not even that time-consuming, provided you find reliable “hedge cutters near me” as you search online.

 If you trim them more often than this, then your tree may exhibit signs of stress, as they require a certain timespan to regenerate and regrow. When a drought hits, Leylandii problems tend to surface – an excellent way to keep your Leylandii tree or hedge healthy is that when you notice 3-5in of new growth, then it’s time to contact your hedge cutting West Sussex service.


The frequency of trimming depends on where your tree is and what kind of aesthetics you’re hoping to achieve. Generally speaking, a Leylandii tree can be safely trimmed and reduced in height once every 2-3 years. But if yours stands in a small garden where space is limited, and there isn’t too much light – you can trim it once every 12-18 months to maintain its shape and shade potential. Just make sure that you’re fully content with the spread and height of your tree. 

Leylandii conifer trees are capable of growing a good 3ft every year. In fact, in a matter of years, they reach heights that require the services of a professional tree surgeon in West Sussex. Don’t attempt to do this on your own because working at height can be dangerous, and improper pruning techniques can cause brown patches which will cause your tree’s leaves and branches to wither slowly. 


To avoid Leylandii related issues, the best time to trim is in spring or summer. Cutting at this time will give your tree enough time to regenerate and grow before the winter frost takes over. 

Therefore, mild weather is the best time to allow your tree to recover from pruning in a healthy and normal way. It’s best to get trimming done late in the autumn season, especially in areas where Cypress aphids are active. 

Leylandiis that are pruned and cared for during the growing season will be naturally resistant to the havoc Cypress aphids are capable of wreaking.


If the hedge is on your property, then naturally, it’s your responsibility. According to the 2003 Anti-social Behaviour Act, the local councils can take action against you, if your hedge grows to a certain height. E.g. where you’re neighbour’s view may get obstructed in terms of “reasonable enjoyment”. 

So if you’re growing your hedge for privacy’s sake, that’s fine. But if it grows over your neighbour’s wall or interferes with their view (that in no way affects your privacy level), then you are responsible for trimming it. 

Furthermore, you are also responsible for compensating against any damage which may occur as a direct result of your hedge overgrowing. With that said, some neighbours might agree to maintain and trim the hedge that’s growing on their side. 

All in all, it’s a good idea to remain fair as far as the height of your Leylandii trees and hedges are concerned – particularly in a suburban area where space and light tend to be a limiting factor. 


For most people, the logical answer is “green”, apart from those glorious browns, golds and reds of the deciduous trees during autumn, of course. 

So here’s what you should know: healthy trees will look bright green in spring and summer – but that sounds contradictory because a large number of coniferous trees look scraggly and brown. Conifers take on this appearance as a result of a poor pruning or trimming job carried out by an individual who is not well-versed or knowledgeable in arboriculture. If this has happened to you, then hopefully, the damage isn’t too severe, and Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd Leylandii pruning experts will do our best to restore it to its full former glory.

It’s for this reason that it’s so critical to hire an experienced tree surgeon or hedge cutting expert in West Sussex who fully understands the underlying makeup and biology of conifers.  


Healthy Leylandii Conifers grow green on the outside only since these are the youngest needles. If you look deeper and examine their inner foliage, you’ll find that the older needles which hardly get any sunlight, have turned brown. They lose colour a lot faster than the youngest needles which are on the outside, directly exposed to the sun. And, because of turning brown, the older needles will eventually fall out. 

Here’s a golden rule of thumb: a conifer should only be trimmed while sticking close to its green needles. If you cut too far in and start trimming/pruning the brown bits, then there’s almost certainly no going back. 

Now, for the majority of trees, this may not be an issue as the leaves would grow right back, but when it comes to conifers, it can pose a major issue as the brown needles you’ve now exposed as a result of over-pruning will likely never turn green again or regrow. You’ll be looking at an exposed and unsightly brown patch that will always remain as-is. 

Making matters worse is the fact, there are many “let’s have a go and see what happens” cowboy “tree surgeons”, and if you let them near your tree, there’s a good chance they will trim the tree to the inner brown needles and assure you that they will regrow to a lovely green in the spring months. In reality, this rarely happens, leaving you with a brown ugly eyesore, wishing you’d called in a genuine arborist.

When the outer expanse of the conifer naturally grows with the passage of time, the inner brown area grows with it in an outward pattern. So, if you’re planning to keep your trees at a specific width – to keep them from blocking walkways, walls or sunlight – then it’s much better to maintain them frequently, as opposed to merely pruning them at a fixed length every once in a while. You see, the less you remove, the lower the chances are of exposing those dreaded brown patches. 

We advise you regularly maintain your conifers from a reasonably young age and if you don’t feel confident, hire in a trained tree surgeon who’ll be able to do what’s best to ensure the health and aesthetics of your trees.  

Foremans Tree Specialists Ltd have many years of experience in pruning and trimming conifers and hedging in West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and across the southeast. With our arsenal of hi-tech equipment and tested techniques, we can tackle any sized hedge in even the most tricky location. 

Contact us today to discuss your conifer pruning or hedge cutting requirements, and we’ll arrange a site visit, quotation and happily talk you through your options.



Oliver Foreman was excellent. He arrived on time every day, was polite and responsive to questions and requests for extra work while on site. He and the men who worked for him cleared away completely before leaving each day. Most importantly, the quality of the tree felling, hedge cutting,  general shrub and stump removal was first class. I cannot recommend Foremans Tree Specialists more highly.

Review from Katherine, GU27

Oliver and his team turned up on time worked hard all day in a small garden taking two 30ft conifers down. Clean tidy and very efficient highly recommend them.

Review from Robin, GU47

Excellent prompt response to my enquiry. Arrived to assess work at the exactly promised time, submitted quote within 24 hours. Work done on mutually agreed date and to our complete satisfaction. Would certainly use Oliver’s services again and can fully recommend them.

Review from Marilyn, GU24

Oliver and his colleague did an outstanding job on the silver birch in my back garden, it now has a good shape to it and now lets a lot more sunlight onto my lawn, which is just what I needed. They also removed the ivy which was slowly choking the tree.

Review from Richard, GU9

Did a fantastic job on my damson tree. Left it with a beautiful round shape and cut back some larger branches in a way that will ensure it will grow back into a lovely shape. Left garden clean and tidy. Nice guys. Will be using again.

Review from Donna, GU14

Super friendly and competent tree surgeon. I Will definitely use him again in future…he even left the garden tidier than when he arrived!

Review from David GU2

We got 3 quotes which were all very similar. We are very pleased with our choice. Most impressed with the work ethic, it was a big job with some very large trees to remove which took 3 days to complete. They were completely undeterred by the torrential rain on the second day, managed to Keep working and the job was finished on time. We will be using them again.

Review from Martin, GU47

Oliver and his team did an excellent job of felling a large leylandii tree from my garden. His price was very competitive, he was quick to answer questions by email, and turned up to do the job promptly. The tree was taken down in sections over two days, all the waste material was removed and the guys did a thorough job of cleaning the site afterwards. Highly recommended.

Review from Robert, TW12, Your Content Goes Here

Really nice guy, would definitely recommend and use again.

Review from Charlie, GU7

Oliver made an excellent job of cutting our tree. He was very knowledgeable and I was very confident he knew what he was doing. I cannot wait to see how the tree responds to this trim in the spring! There were a lot of cuttings to dispose of and he even “hoovered” the lawn afterwards! A very tidy job well priced, and would definitely use him again.

Review from Alison, GU2

Excellent job, very knowledgeable, skilful and helpful. Was prepared to wait for the right season to work, according to the trees we were dealing with. Punctual, tidy & efficient. Would have no hesitation in asking them back for further work and have already recommended to neighbours! Thanks :)

Review from Lesley TW14

All you need, quotes an acceptable price, turns up on time, does a great job and clears up both my garden and my neighbours. Many thanks for a job well done. Will certainly retain your number.

Review from Alex, GU15

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