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Hedge Cutting Tips

As the weather starts to improve, those of us with green fingers begin to venture into our gardens more frequently. With the winter chill almost a memory, we can start giving our gardens, allotments and other outside spaces the care and attention they deserve. One area that is often in need of serious attention at this time of year is the hedge. Below are some handy tips for cutting your hedge this spring.


What to Use

The basic rule that applies to hedge cutters and trimmers is: the longer and wider the blade, the more it will be able to cut. So if you have a big, overgrown hedge, then something like a 57cm or longer blade would be required. But if it is a smaller hedge that doesn’t require much work, then a blade up to 46cm long would be fine. It is probably always worth spending as much as you can afford on a hedge trimmer, because generally the more you invest, the longer it will last.


Clean Your Machine

It is important to sharpen your blades on a regular basis, especially if you wish to achieve the best results and maintain the machine for as long as possible. If you use a hedge trimmer with rusty or dirty blades, it won’t cut the ends cleanly and this could leave to your hedge becoming bruised, which will result in brown and damaged-looking leaves – not what you want your neighbours to have to look at every day. It is also worth following the maintenance instructions you receive with your machine, such as checking the oil, grease levels and air filters.


Be Safe

Before you use any machinery of this kind, it is essential that you understand the dangers and implement the correct safety measures to avoid any accidents. Wearing eye protection is a necessity, as there will undoubtedly be a high amount of small and often sharp debris propelled out of the machine. If you are planning on cutting your hedge for a prolonged period of time, then ear protectors would also be advised. Most machines make a lot of noise, which can damage hearing over time. Finally, make sure you are not wearing baggy clothes, and if you’re using a ladder, it must be stable.


Cutting Tips

You should start by trimming the sides of your hedges. This way you can distinguish the depth of the bush you’re cutting. For the first cut of the year, it is worth trimming hard, and beech or privet bushes can take severe trimmings. Caution should be taken with hawthorn, though, as overtrimming can often result in a negative outcome. Once you’ve taken care of the sides, you must move on to the top. Use your hedge trimmers and cut into it to create a square shape. With all the excess debris, you could use a blower or shredder, both of which are available from Tool-NET UK.







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