Your garden needs to be maintained all year round. Most people remember to mow the lawn and dip up any weeds popping through the flower bed. But all too often, the hedge is left to grow into an unruly mess for months on end. You need to maintain every aspect of your garden – from the lawn to the shrubs. A little trimming and pruning will keep your garden in good condition all year round.
Hedge trimmers can make garden maintenance much more efficient. Traditionally, they are used to cut branches and leaves from the hedge. However, they can also be used to cut the lawn and small tree branches. You can have a double or single-sided blade powered by gas or electricity. There are corded and cordless models available.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can make the most out of your hedge trimmer.
If your garden is overgrown and jungle-like, you might need to use hedge trimmers before the lawnmower. You can cut down large areas of grass and remove any branches caught in the lawn. The long and narrow blade on a hedge trimmer can cut through the mess of tangled grass and branches. You should always wear personal protection equipment when operating a hedge trimmer. Wear some safety goggles, gloves, suitable clothing and earbuds. Hedge trimmers can get very noisy.
As a general rule, hedge trimmers cannot cut huge tree branches – but they can cut through foliage and smaller branches in your garden. You will need a more powerful hedge trimmer to cut through branches. Typically, a gas hedge trimmer with a double-edged blade tends to be more powerful. If the trimmers aren’t powerful enough, they will shred the branches instead of slicing through them.
The most obvious use for a hedge trimmer is to cut hedges. You can make precise shapes with the machine and intricate patterns. Just make sure to prepare the area before you start slicing at your hedges. You should lay a tarp on the ground to catch the trimmings. It’s much easier to clean up that way. Hold the blade away from you and work in steady movements around the hedge. Don’t try to push through any thicker branches – you could injure yourself or break the hedge trimmer.
Remember to wear the appropriate safety gear and use your hedge trimmer responsibly.