Trimming Hedges 101

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  1. Ted Lee

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    hi all -

    my new home has some hedges in both the front and back yard.

    the ones in front are about 3-4 feet high - they look nice, but are crowding the bottom of the windows and blocking the view. the ones in back are much larger - they are taller than the top of my fence.

    so, it's time for me to cut them back and make them look nice.

    i bought an electric hedger, but i'm kind of "afraid" to tackle these things. i guess my main fear is that i may mess them up (aesthetically speaking). i think they're pretty durable so i don't think i'll kill them.

    i should mention this - i'm a firstime homeowner and have no clue about maintaining a landscaped yard. [​IMG]

    anyway, any advice is appreciated! i guess my main concerns are technique and aesthetics.

    thx,

    ted
     
  2. DonRoeber

    DonRoeber Screenwriter

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    Try to cut on a straight line. Seriously, they're just hedges, they'll grow back [​IMG] I hacked away at a big hedge by my front door last spring. It didn't look so hot for a few weeks, but then it figured itself out. This year, it looks great, and it's no longer taking over my walkway.
     
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    When I was a teenager me and my buddies worked for an apartment complex doing all the yardwork in the summer. One day one of my buddies was trimming some hedges with an elec. trimmer and I guess he was concentrating so intently that he didn't notice the extension cord and cut right through it. [​IMG] He survived.

    Cut straight and always be mindful of the cords.
     
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  5. Ted Lee

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    okay...so cut straight. that i think i can do. heh!

    if it's anything like my weedwacker (b&d hog something) then it has a built in strain relief mechanism - it locks the cord in place...pretty cool.

    i'm not sure if the hedges have any kind of flowers...i kind of don't think so, but i believe my neighbor has a pretty green thumb, so i'll try to ask her first.

    maybe i'll bust-out my edward scissorhands tecnique...
     
  6. Brian Mansure

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    To add to what Chris said...

    With most things that grow it's usually best to trim a little at a time. You could always take off a few inches, take a step back, see what it looks like and then take off more if necessary.

    Another thing to watch out for besides the cord, is to not cut into the thicker branches of the shrub.
    Most electric hedge trimmers that I've used can't properly cut branches thicker than 3/8 of an inch. If you try and cut the thicker stuff with the electric trimmers you could damage the shrub, the trimmer blades or possibly yourself if the trimmer jerks backward. (not a good thing)
    If you really need to cut-back these shrubs heavily, I'd suggest using manual hedge pruner/clippers designed to make clean cuts on the thicker branches then use the electric clippers for trimming the smaller stuff and touch-up duties.

    Also, wear at least gardening gloves to help protect your hands.

    Be Safe and Good Luck,
    Brian
     

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