At Mackie Tree Care we pride ourselvs on our hedge cutting. Different types of hedging needs to be treated as such, New hedges require formative pruning for their first couple of years after planting. Formative pruning is usually carried out in winter or spring. After this, maintenance trimming is carried out, usually once a year for informal hedges and twice a year for formal hedges. Some formal hedges may need three cuts a year. Maintenance trimming is generally carried out between spring and summer.