Many people consider a hedge trimmer to be a key tool in the war against a shabby-looking yard, and without it, imagine how your hedges, bushes and other vegetation outside might look? A good hedge trimmer will last for many years and will serve you well part of your gardening and outdoor maintenance tools, but if you’re new to using a hedge trimmer you might not know where to get started. Basic ideas on using your hedge trimmer can often be found in the manuals or instructions included, but there are many other tips that we can provide you with to better understand how and when to use your new hedge trimmers:
When Should You Use A Hedge Trimmer?
If there is new vegetation in your yard it will be important to make sure you regularly prune it to keep it in order, for at least two years, after this things will calm down and it won’t be necessary to trim more than once or twice a year. When using the trimmer, you need to make sure you have the right tools for the job. If you are dealing with bushes and vegetation that is head height than you will need long reach trimmers or some kind of small ladder or stepstool to help you reach better. It is highly recommended that you never raise trimmers any higher than your shoulder.
How Do You Prune Your Bushes And Vegetation?
When using a hedge trimmer, start at the bottom of the bush and work your way up, so trimmings don’t get it the way. Cut the vertical sides first as well, and at the top of the hedge be sure to angle the blades at 10-degrees. It’s also important to keep your blade parallel with what you are pruning and make use of wide sweeping movements to cut it.
Maintaining The Hedge Trimmer
A blunt hedge trimmer can hurt your bushes, so it’s important that you keep it sharp. Dull blades will pull on the vegetation instead of cutting and can cause damage that could be hard to recover from. If you don’t take proper care of your hedge trimmer it will also wear out much more quickly and need to be replaced sooner. It’s not a bad idea to take it to a professionally approved dealer and have a sharpening performed, though tools for doing it yourself exist as well.
Beyond keeping it sharp, clean the blade often if you want the blade to last and you want it to do the best job possible.
Safety Is Important
Accidents can occur with a hedge trimmer if you aren’t careful, so prepare for the job by using protective clothing and carefully follow all safety instructions proved with your trimmer.
These are just a few tips that can help you with using your new hedge trimmer. Pruning isn’t something you have to do often, once you have established bushes and shrubs, but it is important if you want your yard to look the very best. Following the tips above will not only make your life easier, but will help extend the life of your plants and of the trimmer itself.