Hedging & Pruning
Shrubs, bushes and hedges are arguably the most underrated and undervalued of all landscaping plants. They possess a natural beauty that can enhance the curb appeal of your home, while providing an attractive complement to lawns, trees, gardens and hardcapes, such as walks, patios and stonewalls.
Types of Hedge Trimmers
- There are three basic types of hedge trimmers: gas-powered, corded electric and battery-powered cordless. Each comes in various sizes, ranging from about 16 to 24 inches, which is the length of the cutting bar. What type of trimmer to buy depends on several factors, including the size of the hedge, the location of the hedge on the property, personal preference and cost.
- Hedge trimmers are very easy—and fun—to use. They cut with lightening speed. However, they’re also potentially dangerous. That’s why it’s critically important to keep both hands on the trimmer at all times, and never, ever hold a branch with one hand while trying to cut it with the trimmer. The risk of serious injury is just is very high.
- Be aware of your surrounding at all times when using a hedge trimmer. Clear the work area of all obstacles, and look out for hoses and wires that may be hidden by the hedge. When using a corded electric trimmer, be mindful of the extension cord at all times.
- Finally, protect yourself by wearing eye goggles, hearing protection, work gloves, a long-sleeve shirt, pants and close-toed shoes.
Tools to start with
- Hand pruners or secateurs – to be used for finer work
- Hedge clippers – preferably with serrated blade for heavier branches
Pruning loppers – for the thickest branches
Electrical hedge trimmers – double-sided for shaping or single-sided for the straight portions of the hedge.