Garden maintenance work

Autumn colour in the garden

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To keep Hidcote looking its best, some areas of the garden will be closed off after summer so that essential works can take place.  

The Lawns

Plenty of work and thought needs to go into keeping the lawns at Hidcote looking lush all year round, even in the damp season. The grass plants can damage easily in the cold and wet months, so it is important that the lawns are allowed time to rest, so that they can grow back to their finest in the spring.

Whilst the lawns are closed and left to recuperate, we will be staying alert and keeping an eye out to make sure any fallen leaves and debris are cleared away. We will be aerating the lawns to improve drainage and reduce compaction which will lead to a healthier lawn. This will be part of our maintenance programme for autumn and winter.

Leaf pile on one of the paths in the garden
Leaf pile on one of the paths in the garden
Leaf pile on one of the paths in the garden

All of this work means that certain areas of the garden will be closed off over winter to allow for this to take place.

The Paths

After a long, bustling spring and summer season, some of the paths also need some work done to them to keep them safe and looking their best. Due to this, you may find some of the paths closed on your visit in the next few months. 

Fallen leaves on path in the garden
Fallen leaves on path in the garden
Fallen leaves on path in the garden

The Bathing Pool

One of the major pieces of maintenance work will focus on improving the aesthetic of the Bathing Pool.

The first stage will be reducing the size of the filtration system so that it doesn’t spoil visitors’ views of the area.

The Bathing Pool in Autumn
The Bathing Pool in Autumn
The Bathing Pool in Autumn

Whilst installing the new filtration system, we will drain the Bathing Pool to clean it and do any minor repairs. This process will include consulting an environmentalist to make sure we are protecting the wildlife in the pool.

Then we will refill the pool ready for the winter months so that it doesn’t freeze and crack. We expect the Bathing Pool area from the Fuchsia garden to be closed for most of October whilst this work is taking place.  

Hedge cutting Q & A

When do you start hedge cutting?

We start on the 1st of August but will start earlier on some box hedges.

How long does it take?

Depending on the weather we should be finished by March.

What do you use?

110v electric hedge trimmers called Little Wonder. We occasionally use battery operated hedge trimmers and in some areas we’ll use hand shears.

How do you cut in straight lines?

The low hedging in East Court is the only hedge cut using a line. All the other hedges use patience and practice.

How do you get to the higher hedges?

We use scaffolding, sturdy step ladders and two cherry pickers.

How long are the hedges?

About 4.5 miles long, including tops and sides.

Hedge cutting at Hidcote
Hedge cutting at Hidcote
Hedge cutting at Hidcote