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Hedge Trimming

With the autumn quickly coming up on us it’s time to think about getting the hedges trimmed. Hedge Trimming is usually a big part of this upcoming season and it keeps us busy. It’s always good to get hedges managed to make them look good, it gives a better look to the whole garden.

All of our tree surgeons are experienced with the best Hedge Trimming Tools necessary for this type of job, they know the right way on How To Trim A Hedge. Powered hedge trimmers are heavy tools which get a really good finish on your hedge which puts a really positive effect on your garden as a whole.

Call in the professionals

We know that trimming can go wrong if done by someone who has none, or little, knowledge on what to do. It involves a lot of heavy and dangerous equipment and should be taken care of by a professional who has had years of experience.

If you require our services please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact page on our site.


Instead of being a nuisance it is imperative we remember the importance of bees. In the UK about 70 crops are dependent on (or benefit from) visits from bees. In addition, Pollinating Insects pollinate the flowers of many plants which become part of the feed of farm animals. Bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. Farming practices continue to disturb the natural habitats and forage of solitary and bumblebees at a rate which gives them little chance for re-establishment.

In summer, during Pollen Season, all species of bees are building up their strength with nectar and pollen. Bumblebee males and queens are starting to appear, and Bee Colonies may produce a swarm of workers, drones and a new queen to found a new colony.

What can you do?

You can make your garden more friendly by providing suitable food and shelter at the right times for many different native species.

Allow areas of grass to grow wildflowers, such as daisies and dandelions, as an easy source of nectar throughout the summer. If you want to make sure bees have a constant supply plant some evening primrose, lavender, poppies, thyme and verbena.

Leave areas of uncultivated soil and small piles of woody prunings in borders and at hedge bases, where solitary bees and bumblebees can make colonies. Place a few stones at the edge of ponds or in bird baths. Bees that are foraging for water to cool their nests will be able to enter and exit safely.

Of course many people will know a few Facts About Trees such as that they produce oxygen from when they use energy from sunlight however, what else do trees do? Throughout this blog we’re going to go through some Information About Trees and what the importance of trees is in our day to day lives, that many people may not be aware of.

Air pollution

Trees absorb carbon dioxide which is a part of photosynthesis. This also reduced the greenhouse gases which cause global warming.

They’re also helpful in removing harmful particulates which are things like dust, diesel gases etc. These can cause asthma and other breathing problems. Sycamore and lime trees are particularly good at this because of the Honey Dew and the hairs left on them.


In the winter, many trees keep us just that little bit warmer as the wind chill is reduced. They obstruct the wind and slow the air.

Plus, in the summer many people use trees as shade to keep out of the sun.

Some of these points may seem obvious to some of you however, a lot of people don’t consider what trees do for them.

If you have any Tree Surgery needs in the Sevenoaks area, then give us a call on 01732 451 351.

General tasks and General Garden Maintenance

The most important thing this month is to enjoy your garden; heady scents, glorious colours, an abundance of fruits and vegetables and hopefully more sunshine. What could be more enjoyable and satisfying than surveying the results of your hard work throughout the year? Throughout this blog we’re going to go through some Gardening Tips and Tricks for August.


Remember to water and feed your plants regularly, especially those in hanging baskets, pots or containers as well as climbers and roses growing against a sunny wall. Many a plant will not recover from a drought, so water regularly and do not resort to feast and famine.

Water hydrangeas with hydrangea colourant for true blue hydrangeas next year.

If possible, set up an automatic Watering Plants system for your vegetable plot, borders and even containers. They are worth their weight in gold and can work on a sensor system that detects how dry the soil is. Once you have one you will wonder why you did not install one years ago. Going on holiday will no longer involve wondering if your precious plants will survive a dry spell or paying someone else to hold a hose!

If it stays warm and dry, water saving strategies include using bathwater and washing up water, provided they are neither too dirty or oily.
Keep your pond topped up, free of pond weed and clean – green algae can be toxic to pets.


Boring but vital. Keep on top of weeds in borders, the vegetable garden and all your pots and containers. Little and often will reduce what will become a Herculean task if left to spiral out of control.

Weeds not only look messy but use valuable moisture in the ground. The best and easiest way to weed is to use a Dutch hoe which will cut the weeds just below the surface. Weeding on a sunny day will ensure weeds left on the surface dry out and die in the warmth.

No landscape would be complete without trees. Many gardens all over the country feature them. They are usually present in even the most built up areas, paying homage to nature in an urban landscape. However, where buildings and trees sometimes fail to co-exist peacefully, problems can arise.

Wayward tree roots can massively impact on the infrastructure around them. Roots sometimes grow into sewerage pipes when seeking nutrients, water and oxygen, causing blockages in the process. Subsidence can create structural problems for many homes, caused by trees absorbing water from the soil, and the soil shrinking as a result. In some circumstances, roots can also grow into the structure itself. Such problems often go unnoticed until a lot of damage has been done which is when Tree Root Removal work needs to be done.

Whether you’ve experienced these issues, or any other tree-related problems, Leaf Matters can help. We specialise in every area of tree surgery including felling, stump grinding and we Remove Tree Stumps, in and around Sevenoaks, from Beckenham to Tonbridge. We are highly experienced professionals who will carry out the work you require efficiently, with as little disruption to you as we can manage. Get in touch today to see how we can help you.

Whether it’s only recently become a stump in your garden, or you’ve just acquired a stump after felling a tree, it’s a good idea to get rid of it as soon as possible. Not only is it unsightly, it’s also dangerous, not just to you but to the rest of the plants in your garden.

There are a few good reasons to get rid of tree stumps sooner rather than later. Obviously, the first reason is simply that tree stumps can be pretty ugly in appearance. If you’re spending a lot of time in your garden, a tree stump can really detract from its appearance. Nobody wants to look at a decomposing tree stump.

The second reason is for practical purposes. You may have plans for your garden, such as a new drive, putting in flower beds or simply new planting, which a tree stump is quite literally blocking. Get your usable space back by having the tree stump ground away.

The third reason is that leaving it there can actually do more harm than good to the rest of your garden. Rotting wood attracts fungi, mould and pests, which can spread throughout your garden and damage anything else growing in it.

Tree stumps are usually removed with a stump grinder, which looks a bit like a lawn mower. Once the stump is ground away, the tree will not grow back.

We cover many areas of Kent and London, and have the specialist stump grinding equipment to get rid of that troublesome stump for good. Get in touch today and see how we can help you remove that stump from your land.

At the end of every month we like to go through what you can do in the garden in the following month. With June coming to an end, it’s time to get ready for July so here is our rundown of a few things you can do in your garden next month.

Bugs & insects

Slugs are nasty creatures which attack your younger plants. Using products like “nemaslug” will get rid of the slugs and will therefore protect your plants.

If you notice that your plants are wilting for no obvious reason then check for vine weevils. This can be done by taking your plants out of their pots and then checking for the vine weevils which are yellow and loosely resemble a c shape. If you do see vine weevils then use nematodes to get rid of them.

Garden ornaments / furniture

With the hot weather that July brings it’s essential that you keep any bird baths you may have topped up.

A similar message goes to your containers & hanging baskets as they need to be watered during the hot weather. You should continue to do this every two to four weeks.

Hedgerows were once a common feature throughout Britain, but according to the RSPB, we’ve lost over 50% of them, which is why planting one in your garden is a great idea – especially if you want to provide a haven for wildlife. If you already have one, you can add some other species to make it more attractive and appealing to birds, insects and small mammals.

Species to consider planting include wild honeysuckle, clematis, and ivy, while hedge-bottom plants like woundwort, dog’s violet, dead nettles, and garlic mustard will add to the diversity of food and shelter for wildlife. Garden hedges that thrive in the UK include our native trees, so the likes of beech, hawthorn, holly, hazel, and buckthorn are good choices.

Once established, the hedge will become popular with nesting birds as well as other Garden Wildlife. Generally speaking, hedges are low maintenance. Make sure you feed it once a year with mulch and water in long hot spells. Hedge Trimming or cutting should be done once a year. You can manage this yourself with a good pair of shears or a hedge trimmer, but for the best result, we’d always recommend getting a professional in to do the job.

Call us for all your Hedge Maintenance needs and more on 01732 451 351.

Hedges are common features in many gardens and can either serve as a dividing line between gardens or be purely ornamental. Hedges provide shade, privacy and can be an important wildlife habitat, but an untrimmed and uncared-for hedge can soon get out of control and ruin the look of any garden.

Know your hedge

Different hedges have different Hedge Trimming needs, so some quick research might help you on your way. Don’t trim old hedges too fiercely, or too much in one go, as the shock alone can kill them off. Fast growing hedges, such as conifers, can grow very quickly so need trimming three times a year for example, whereas a slower-growing evergreen hedge would be fine with one annual trim. If you are unsure on How To Trim A Hedge properly get in touch with us at Leaf Matters.

Seasonal variation

Most hedges need trimming in spring or summer, ideally, but some can be trimmed all year round. Remembering to water them during exceptionally dry or hot periods is also a good idea.

Don’t be afraid to call in the experts!

Tackling a difficult job without professional expertise or the right equipment can lead to expensive mistakes or even injury, so be careful and don’t take on more than you can handle. If you’re tackling a monster hedge & don’t have the right tools or knowledge for the job or simply want so sit back and relax while you let a professional do the Hedge Cutting, we offer expert advice from Leaf Matters is only a phone call away!

This is a common question that usually posed to our team from customers. It can be tough to decide whether to add another sapling to your collection, as there is a range of factors to consider.

If you are considering the addition of one or more trees in your garden, then it is likely because you want to find a home for your favourite specimens. That said, it is important to think about some key factors.

This includes the size that your planted tree will then grow to, but equally the speed at which it will reach for the sky. Other considerations include how it could affect nearby properties, but also the plants that currently thrive in your garden.

Some trees grow in an different way which causes distress to itself and the other plants around it.Even to well-established bushes, shrubs and plants that may soon have to live in the shade. Another consideration is how the root system will develop and the effects this will have on the rest of your garden.

If you are thinking of adding one or more trees to your property, whether as saplings or more established plants, then why not give us a call on 01732 451 351 and speak to one of our experienced Leaf Matters Tree Surgery team.

Not only can we supply answers about possible areas of concern, but we are also happy to talk about how regular maintenance can allow both the trees and the other elements of your garden, to thrive together.

Based in Sevenoaks we can provide tree surgery services across Kent and these areas

We accept tree surgery enquiries from all these areas

Leaf Matters Professional Tree Surgery Ltd are tree surgeons in Sevenoaks offering tree felling, tree clearing, hedge maintenance, pruning and reducing. We are available for tree planting and advice on tree ecology as well as emergency tree work. Based in Sevenoaks we are happy to offer our tree surgery services all around the Sevenoaks area.

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