Hedges are a great alternative to a fence as a garden boundary; as well as adding natural texture they also create a habitat for wildlife. But garden hedges need regular maintenance to stay looking smart.
Thick, overgrown or naturally large branches are almost impossible to maintain by hand with shears: If you can cut through stems at all, it takes hours to finish the job.
Hedge trimmers are the perfect garden tool, offering a quick and easy to use solution. However it’s important to choose the right type and size of blade to match your garden hedges.
Quality, sharpness and durability are key to achieving an aggressive and high performance cut. The sharper the blade, the cleaner the cut; the longer the blade, the quicker it will cut. But if you only have a small hedge, it’s easy to take more off than you planned. Choose the right length based on the thickness of your hedge for best results.
Blade width measures the gap between teeth to determine the thickness of the cut. The wider the teeth, the more capable hedge trimmers are of tackling larger branch sizes.
Most importantly, make sure the weight of the hedge trimmer feels comfortable to hold – you could be carrying it for long periods and at awkward angles. Choose a larger handle separation for more balance and control, and to take the weight away from the shoulders during operation.