Posted: 12/11/2013 at 14:38
Out of step with many here, whatever you do NEVER plant a hedge with thorny or prickly plants in it (unless you wish to keep out/in animals (human as well)). I have just cut our 100 feet long hawthorn/Blackthorn/Briar rose hedge and it is PAINFUL.
Next year I will cough up and pay the Road Hedge trimming tractor man to do it for me, even if it is at the wrong tiime of year for the birds. Might ask him to reduce the height by 2 feet as well so I can reach it withgout a ladder.