Other than making sure that you are healthy and fit, your homestead’s compound should replicate who you are. You don’t want to be this guy who is defined by the untidiness and the neglected state shown by his hedge. They should be kept healthy and neat at all times, healthy by doing the necessary trim work using the correct trimmer. The ways these trimmers are powered vary depending on the cost, safety and the state of your hedge.
Required list of supplies, tools or resources:
- Lawn Rake
- Yard Waste bags
- Leather gloves
- Manual Pruner
How to Use Your Electric Hedge Trimmer
When you got your tools together then there are safety tips you should observe to make sure that you and everyone else around you is safe. Check the following:
- The environment and weather. If it is wet, kindly put off your trimming for the next day or until it is completely dry. By now you should know that when water and electricity mix, they are always your worst enemy.
- Check if the trimmer is functioning properly. If not, take it for repair.
- Activity in your intended area of work. If there is any activity, say kids are playing within a 10m radius from your hedge. Advise them to choose another playing place for the sake of your safety and them.
- Check your connection cord, they should be whole, properly insulated and with good plugs.
You are good to go if the above is 100%, as always, the mantra remains, Safety first. Follow the following steps when using your electric hedge trimmer.
Power your trimmer by properly connecting it with the power source. Consider the trimmer’s power ratings when doing this. Ensure the plugs are tight enough to avoid dislodging when working. If you will anticipate to trim at height, provide at least a 3m movement allowance of the power cord
Decide your hedge shape. The shape of your hedge flatly depends on the season and the growth rate. It is recommended that hedges are trimmed in the A-shape but that is dependent on the hedge you grow. Fast growing ones should be trimmed in July or September while evergreen ones should be done in late summer. So this is largely at your discretion.
How you will then guide your trimmer will be determined by the shape you chose for your hedges, but first use the lowest trimmer speeds until you are accustomed by its vibration or movement. Always use two hands to hold the powered trimmer.
Once you are done with trimming, check the hedge and if there is any undergrowth or dead twigs, use your manual pruner to rid them.
It is good work ethics to clean up when done irrespective of the work. Use your rake to collect all the twigs and round them up before putting them in recyclable paper bags for disposal.
This trimming machine is really easy to use and safe provided you adhere to the instructions above. Trim your hedges early morning or late afternoons for better recovery and of importance, stay safe.