BANN HIRE GARDENING TIPS - HOW TO CUT A HEDGE
Fri, 08 Jun 2018
A neat and tidy hedge is a joy to see, but it does need work to achieve that smart finish. You can of course do the job by hand, but a powered hedge trimmer will almost certainly save you time and energy. Choosing the right hedge trimmer is an important decision; the right machine will pay long-term dividends, no matter the size or scale of your task. Find out here how to get your hedge into shape the correct way. And visit our product pages on this website for information on our extensive hedge trimmer range. Powerful petrol-engine hedge trimmers provide unrestricted freedom of movement when working. With no cable to restrict you. The first step is to cut the sides of the hedge vertically in a sweeping arc-shaped movement. A hedge trimmer with double-sided blades means you will save time as you cut in both the upward and downward stroke. Walk forwards as you work, cutting along the length of the hedge.
Keep it sharp.
Sounds obvious, but keep trimmer blades sharp. If cut branch tips appear ragged or light in colour, or if blades snag on the hedge, the blades are probably blunt and tearing rather than slicing material. Take the trimmer Bryna Hynds Garden machinery Armagh Road for professional sharpening.
Keep it clean.
A blade that is not clean is not efficient. As a hedge is trimmed, sap builds up on the blades, setting hard like glue. Use an approved cleaner – a good quality resin solvent available form your local garden machinery shop – to keep blades in top condition.
Keep it in order.
Cut the vertical sides of a hedge first, using an upward and downward sweeping motion and moving forwards along the hedge as you work. When trimming the top of a hedge, angle the blades at around 10° to the horizontal and use a horizontal scything motion to sweep cut material off the hedge.
Keep it safe.
Always use recommended protective clothing, and follow safety instructions when using a powered hedge trimmer.