Springtime Trimming

box_hedge_pruningYou’re probably not thinking about yard work yet with the winter still demanding attention in its’ final couple of weeks. Nevertheless, it seriously is about to end!

In springtime, your hedges are likely to begin sprouting out and growing wild. This is the ideal time to trim them and shape them to your liking. Very little trimming is necessary throughout the summer once they’ve been properly trimmed in spring.

Do not trim them in too far, otherwise you’ll risk creating a bare spot that will never look right again. Trim just a little at a time to even them out.

To make this task easier and more precise, consider using a gas or electric hedge trimmer instead of manual scissor-shaped shears. Power hedge trimmers allow you to focus more on cutting a straight edge while they take care of the actual clipping process.

Choosing a hedge trimmer depends on your landscaping needs. String Trimmers Direct has a great buyer’s guide to help you find the perfect hedge trimmer for your yard.

Gas hedge trimmers are great for larger yards and professional landscapers as they offer the most power and cutting capabilities without the use of a cord. However, all gas models are 2-stage, which means mixing gas and oil according to the correct ratio.

Cordless hedge trimmers offer the same cord-free capability to roam around a larger property, but less power and cutting strength than the gas powered models. They are available with two different battery types (NiCad or Lithium Ion). Lithium ion batteries are lighter weight, making the trimmer easier to carry around.

Electric hedge trimmers (also called corded or corded electric) offer significantly more power than the cordless models, but are restricted by a power cord. While you can get further reach with a long extension cord, you’re still restricted compared to cordless and gas models. A major benefit of electric models is how quiet they are. They weigh the least, which reduces fatigue, and they’re easy to start as well.

HOW TO CUT HEDGES

Always trim at a 45-degree angle to allow for maximum growth and prevent drying. Spring and fall are the best times to trim the hedges, although you may need to touch them up a few times throughout the summer if they grow rapidly.

More intricate shapes and designs may need more maintenance to keep their style looking right as they grow. Don’t cut through the hedge to the point where all you see is bare branches. Always leave some leaves on the outside! Otherwise it may die and not grow back properly.

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