An article on the Wandsworth weekly newsletter highlighted the importance of managing hedges at the front of properties in order to prevent becoming a target for Burglars.

What are the pros and cons of privet hedges in South West London?

Many properties in Wandsworth and Wimbledon enjoy the greenery and privacy that a privet hedge can provide. However, if left unmanaged, they can provide shelter and privacy for burglars to attempt to break into homes.

How do privet hedges make properties a target for burglaries?

We have attended too many hedges for clients who have been the victim of burglary and attempted break-ins over the years and police have advised our clients to reduce the height and spread of their hedges to make them less of a target in the future. Privet hedges grow very quickly over the summer months and many of our clients contact our London based tree surgeons to maintain their edges on a twice yearly basis, usually in June/July and then again in autumn. Regular trimming can help create a tidy formal shape and prevents excessive growth that can make your house a target for thieves.

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Toby Douglas is the founder of Take A Bough Tree Care. After university in Aberystwyth, Toby made the decision to study Arboriculture at Merrist Wood, in Surrey. In 2001 he successfully completed a National Certificate in Horticulture, and a National Diploma in Arboriculture, then worked for two years subcontracting to large and respected companies in order to gain the practical experience to compete successfully for both private and corporate contacts once Take a Bough Tree Care was launched

"Toby made a fantastic job of pruning my wisteria in autumn. The tree was cut back exactly as I had specified. "

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