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    Witchy Poo
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    I thought I saw something a few weeks ago about times of year hedges cannot be cut because of nesting birds. I cannot find it now. Does anyone know what the rules are? Thanks.

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    According to this article it’s between 15th March and 31st July.

    https://www.jardiniers-presquile.com/taille-haie-interdite-printemps.html

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    Perfect, thank you @gormagon

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    Hedges can pretty much be cut when you like though as a gardener who has cut many hundres of hedges over the years and always by hand, I have always gone along with the same viewpoint of many other professiona gardenersl in that one should only trim the hedge in the spring and cut back in the late autumn in preperation for winter.

    I have always gone that extra step and am known for caring the hedge and personally will only cut by hand ( with professional shears ) as a clean cut is essential for the hedges good health whereas most machines tend to rip rather than cut.

    Also by hand one has better control around nests and anything else living in the hedgerow.

    It does not take much longer and is good exercise too :-)

    I am happy to see you asking this question as many people put their properties before wildlife and this will be a good example for them to follow.

    Love and light

    Jamie xx

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    Saw a local man this week zooming away with a hedge trimmer, seemingly totally oblivious to the fact that birds may have been preparing to nest, or were already nesting in it, I could see that he was much more concerned with how straight it was!

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    I personally prefer to see an almost staight hedge which is healthy and a good habitat, rather than something with perfect corners and straight as a ruler,especially in the countryside where too straight hedges do not blend into nature. They look ok in towns I think !!

    I had two seperate clients in the past with ( counting three sides ) about a mile of hedges each and I did them for many years at the time of year that I was passing. I did always try to fit them into the late spring for the trim and the late autumn-early winter for the cut back.

    As long as one leaves a bit of leaf cover around any nests that one finds,then the birds will happily still use the nest. Just a bit of respect for their needs and everything should be ok.

    I hate seeing brown and dead faces on hedges too where people have gone in too hard and hurt the plant with a blunt instrument.

    If you are using shears, a good dose of wd40 on the blades every half hour or so in the moment when the sap is rising will help keep your shears sharp as otherwise the sap will block the cut and spoil the cut. Often a small paint scraper is handy to remove the sappy residue after the WD40 xx

     

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    Thanks Jamie, We are not wanting to cut the hedge, our neighbour does, he likes the lane to look like the avenue of Versailles and our nature encouraging hedges do not fit very well. We will give them a good haircut in the autumn but I really dont want to disturb the birds now’ sparrows, robins and blackbirds are all in and out of them.  I wanted to be able to send him something to support my gentle argument. :yes:

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    I know what local attitudes can be when it comes down to gentle gardening, bonne courage xx

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    Jamie, bon courage or bonne chance, the useage of bon ou bonne is one of the most excruciating passages in the French language. It took me years to get it in to my head where they should be used in front of the following word and still when I write I might find myself looking up the gender. Excuse me butting in, bonne journée.

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    bonne courage xx

    I find it very charming :heart:

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    I still have to double check the gender of everything before I write but most of my French friends would know that I’m saying happy birthday whether I say bonne anniversaire or bon anniversaire and I’m sure would forgive me my mistakes if I didn’t check first

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    bonne courage xx

    I find it very charming :heart:

     

    It wasn’t the meaning, it was the errror of writing bonne courage, instead of bon courage. Goodness knows the number of times when we were running a commerce that the wife and I were wished bon courage or bonne continuation  or even both. Babeth you are French I believe, so I am surprised you never picked it up?

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    Of course I’ve noticed it, but I wouldn’t say anything, as I’m doing a lot of mistakes in English too ;-) The most important thing is to be understood and understand it’s not a good idea to cut hedges. I love birds too :heart: They are enjoying a lot our honeysuckle, a good plant to have in the garden for them to hide.

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    Fair point Babeth but none of us would improve our language skills if we let errors pass by. In speech I agree, being understood is important above all but even then, a gentle explanation of what is correct should be looked as being helpful and not a negative.

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    I didn’t take your comment as a negative one at all :rose: . And it’s nice when you can correct each other in French. I just meant it when I said I found it charming. A pity we can’t express our accent in writing, would be nice too.

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    Joyeux courage allors :whistle:

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