Hedge HoGS

Offering quality yard work at a fair price to the Ottawa Valley area.


We’re a small team of topiary artists who take pride in crafting beautiful landscapes one hedge at a time. With nearly a decade of dedicated service in the industry, we understand the importance of meticulous care and attention to detail.

Our client base thrives on referrals and personal connections. From canvassing neighbourhoods to quoting maintenance projects, each interaction is an opportunity to forge lasting relationships. Client retention isn’t just a strategy, it’s our ethos. We believe in building trust and satisfaction.

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Hedge HoGS

Offering quality yard work at a fair price to the Ottawa Valley area.


We’re a small team of topiary artists who take pride in crafting beautiful landscapes one hedge at a time. With nearly a decade of dedicated service in the industry, we understand the importance of meticulous care and attention to detail.
Our client base thrives on referrals and personal connections. From canvassing neighbourhoods to quoting maintenance projects, each interaction is an opportunity to forge lasting relationships. Client retention isn’t just a strategy, it’s our ethos. We believe in building trust and satisfaction.


We specialize in all things hedges PLUS we also provide the following services:







The Importance of Professional Hedge Trimming

Our hedge trimming service includes properly trimming any shrubs, decorative grass, hedges and ornamental trees. 
Clean-cut shrubs not only look great but also live longer 
and bud stronger flowers!

Not only does trimming your hedges boost your properties curb appeal, there are also many benefits for the shrubs and hedges themselves including:

our hedge trimming process

1. Assessment & Quote

The first step in professional hedge trimming is to assess the hedges to determine their size, shape, health, and any specific requirements.

2. Preparation

Before trimming, the area around the hedges is cleared of any debris or obstacles that could interfere with the trimming process.

3. Trimming

The actual trimming process involves carefully shaping the hedges to the desired size and form. This is usually done using hedge trimmers for larger hedges and pruning shears for finer details.

4. Cleaning Up & Disposal

Once the trimming is complete we rake up cut branches and cuttings. The trimmings and debris are disposed of properly, either, composting, or recycling at a local company.

Fully Insured

Rest assured, all our team members are fully protected with WSIB Insurance (Worskspace Safety and Insurance Board) coverage. Additionally, we maintain commercial general liability insurance to ensure mutual protection for both our client sand our workforce. Should you require more information about our coverage, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us

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What They Say

We thrive on making our customers happy, so when you work with us, we’ll make sure you get the results you want. From start to finish, our goal is to leave your hedges looking great—guaranteed. 
But don’t just take our word for it, read some of our fantastic testimonials below!


What is the difference between hedge trimming and pruning?
What is the difference between hedge trimming and pruning? When you trim a hedge, you’re usually just cutting back the foliage to keep it in shape. When you prune a hedge, you cut away dead or dying branches to prevent overgrowth or damage. But whatever the approach, you’ll have a healthy, well-maintained hedge in place of an untidy, overgrown hedge.
How often do I need to get my hedges trimmed?
The best frequency for pruning your hedges depends on how large you want your hedge to grow and what kind of plant it is. Some hedges grow faster in warmer climates or damp conditions, while others thrive in colder weather. But make no mistake, regular hedge pruning is as vital as consistent lawn mowing. A specialist hedge trimming service provider, like us, will be able to provide advice on this issue. 
Do you bring your own tools when trimming hedges?

Yes. Our experienced staff bring the right pruning equipment and tools to get your hedge cut and trimmed properly. Professional pruning demands a hedge trimmer use the right tools for cutting, hedging and pruning. 

  1. Overgrown Hedges: If a hedge has become too large or dense, reducing its size can help restore its shape and health.

  2. Property Boundary: Keeping a hedge trimmed and reduced ensures it does not encroach on neighboring properties or public spaces.

  3. Light and Air Circulation: Trimming a hedge back can improve light penetration and air circulation, promoting healthier growth.

  4. Aesthetics: Regular reduction can help maintain a neat and tidy appearance for your hedge and overall landscape.
Hedges can be reduced at various times of the year depending on the type of hedge and desired outcome. However, a common time to reduce hedges is during the dormant season in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. This allows the hedge to recover quickly and minimizes stress on the plants.
How Should a Hedge Be Reduced?
  1. Assess the Hedge: Determine the desired height and shape for the hedge and identify any areas that need particular attention.

  2. Use the Right Tools: Use sharp and appropriate tools such as hedge trimmers, pruning shears, and saws to achieve clean cuts and prevent damage to the plants.

  3. Gradual Reduction: Avoid cutting back more than one-third of the hedge at a time to prevent stress and encourage healthy regrowth.
  1. Shape the Hedge: Trim the sides and top of the hedge evenly to maintain a uniform shape. Use a string line or template if needed for precision.

  2. Clean Up: Remove trimmings and debris from the hedge to prevent pests and diseases from spreading.

  3. Aftercare: Water the hedge well after reduction to help it recover, and consider feeding with a balanced fertilizer to promote new growth.
    1. Assessment: Before starting the removal process, our team will assess the hedge to determine its size, condition, and any potential obstacles or hazards.

    2. Contact Ontario One Call: The homeowner must contact Ontario One Call. They come to locate and mark any gas line or water mains that could be at risk of being damaged during removal. This service is provided free of charge.

    3. Tools and Equipment: Depending on the size and type of hedge, we’ll use a variety of tools and equipment such as chainsaws, pole pruners, ladders, and safety gear to safely and efficiently remove the hedge.

    4. Cutting: Using precise cutting techniques, we’ll cut the hedge down to a manageable size, making it easier to remove.

    5. Stump Grinding: For hedge removal, especially for larger or more established hedges, we will grind the stumps and surface roots.
  1. Cleanup: After the hedge and roots have been removed, we’ll thoroughly clean up the area, removing any remaining debris and smoothing out the soil to leave the space tidy and ready for future use.

  2. Disposal: Depending on your preferences and local regulations, we can either dispose of the hedge debris ourselves or arrange for its proper disposal, ensuring that it’s disposed of responsibly and in an environmentally friendly manner.

  3. Final Inspection: Before completing the job, we’ll conduct a final inspection to ensure that the hedge has been completely removed and that the area is clean and free of any hazards.

  4. Customer Satisfaction: Your satisfaction is our priority. We’ll communicate with you throughout the process to ensure that your expectations are met and that you’re happy with the results.

Hedge removal can be a labor-intensive and potentially hazardous task, which is why it’s essential to hire experienced professionals. Give The Hedge Hog a call 613-700-9464.

when is The best time to plant hedges?
When it comes to hedge planting – the job at hand is not just as simple as it may seem. If you are not careful, you can soon waste a lot of money if the job is not done correctly and ongoing care is not given to the newly planted hedge plants. The best time to plant hedges typically depends on the type of hedge you’re planting. However, as a general guideline:

  1. Spring: Early spring, after the ground thaws but before the growing season kicks into full swing, is an excellent time to plant most types of hedges. This allows the plants to establish their root systems before the hot summer months.
  2. Fall: Late summer to early fall is another suitable time for planting hedges in Ottawa. The weather is cooler, which reduces stress on newly planted hedges, and there’s usually enough time for the roots to establish before winter sets in.

It’s essential to consider the specific needs and characteristics of the hedge species you’re planting. Some hedges may have specific preferences for planting times, soil conditions, and climate. Additionally, factors like local weather patterns and frost dates should also be taken into account.
when to fertilize?
The best time to fertilize your hedge typically depends on the type of hedge you have and the specific needs of the plants. However, as a general guideline, the best time to fertilize most hedges is during the early spring, just as new growth begins. This allows the plants to benefit from the nutrients as they start actively growing again after the dormant winter period. It’s essential to choose a fertilizer specifically formulated for hedges or shrubs and to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application rates. Additionally, consider factors such as soil quality, drainage, and the specific needs of the plants when determining the timing and frequency of fertilization.

If you’re uncertain about the best approach for fertilizing your hedge, give The Hedge Hog a call 613-700-9464.
Does my lawn need DETHATCHING?
Determining whether your lawn needs dethatching depends on several factors such as the type of grass, the thickness of the thatch layer, and the overall health of your lawn. Thatch is a layer of dead grass, roots, and other organic matter that accumulates on the soil surface beneath the grass blades. While some thatch is normal and even beneficial, excessive thatch can prevent water, nutrients, and air from reaching the soil and roots, leading to potential problems such as disease, pest infestations, and poor grass growth. Here are some signs that your lawn may need dethatching:
  1. Thick layer of thatch: If you notice a spongy layer of thatch that is more than half an inch thick when you part the grass, it may be time to dethatch.
  1. Poor water and nutrient penetration: If water pools on the surface rather than soaking into the soil, or if you notice that fertilizers or other nutrients aren’t reaching the roots effectively, excessive thatch may be to blame.
    1. Patchy or thin grass growth: If your lawn appears patchy, with areas of thin grass or bare spots despite proper watering and fertilizing, thatch buildup could be inhibiting grass growth.
    1. Increased pest or disease problems: Excessive thatch can create an ideal habitat for pests and diseases, leading to an increase in lawn problems such as insect infestations or fungal diseases.

Dethatching can be done using specialized dethatching machines or manually with a dethatching rake, depending on the size of your lawn and the severity of the thatch buildup. However, it’s essential to dethatch at the right time and under the right conditions to avoid damaging your lawn. Generally, early spring or early fall are the best times for dethatching cool-season grasses like those commonly found in Ottawa, as the grass is actively growing and can recover more quickly from the process. It’s also important to follow proper dethatching techniques and to avoid dethatching when the soil is excessively wet or dry.If you’re unsure if your lawn needs dethatching, give The Hedge Hog a call 613-700-9464.
Thatch is a layer of dead and living organic matter that accumulates between the soil surface and the green vegetation in a lawn or turfgrass area. It is composed of a mixture of dead grass clippings, roots, stems, and other organic debris that have not fully decomposed. Thatch forms naturally as grass grows and sheds organic material, and a small amount of thatch is actually beneficial for a lawn as it can help regulate soil temperature, retain moisture, and protect the soil from erosion.

However, problems arise when thatch accumulates to excessive levels. When thatch becomes too thick, it can prevent water, air, and nutrients from penetrating the soil, leading to poor root development, increased susceptibility to disease, and overall decline in lawn health. Excessive thatch can also provide a habitat for pests and diseases, further exacerbating lawn problems.

To maintain a healthy lawn, it’s important to manage thatch buildup through practices such as regular mowing, proper watering, and occasional dethatching when necessary. Dethatching is the process of mechanically removing excess thatch to promote better air and water movement in the soil and to encourage healthier grass growth.
WHAT IS CORE AERATION AND When is the best time to DO IT?
Core aeration is a lawn care practice that involves removing small plugs or cores of soil and thatch from the lawn to alleviate soil compaction, improve air and water movement in the soil, and promote healthier root growth. This process creates channels in the soil, allowing nutrients, water, and oxygen to penetrate more deeply, which can result in a stronger and more resilient lawn.

The best time to perform core aeration depends on the type of grass you have and your local climate. In Ottawa, where cool-season grasses are common, the ideal time to aerate the lawn is during the early spring or early fall. These seasons coincide with the periods of active growth for cool-season grasses, allowing the grass to recover more quickly from the aeration process. Aeration is typically avoided during periods of heat stress or drought, as the stress on the grass may make it more difficult for the lawn to recover from the aeration process.

Additionally, it’s best to aerate when the soil is slightly moist but not overly wet, as this will ensure that the aerator can penetrate the soil effectively without causing excessive damage to the turf.

If you’re unsure about the best time to aerate your lawn or whether your lawn would benefit from aeration, give The Hedge Hog a call 613-700-9464.

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North, east, south, west — we can help you with your hedges. Whether you need hedge trimming, shaping, tree pruning, gardening, leaf clean up or snow removal, we’re here. We’ve worked with clients from all over the Ottawa Valley area.