Trimming a hedge can be nerve-wracking especially if you’re new to the process. However, with the right knowledge, trimming a hedge can be easy and painless. There are several steps you can take to ensure your hedge is trimmed perfectly. Here are five tips to keep in mind:
1. Trim Your Hedge at the Right Time
Trimming your hedges at the right time of the year is essential to the process. Usually, the time of year that you should trim your hedges depends on the type of hedges you have. However, a hedge typically needs to be trimmed before it buds in the winter time. This is the best time because the buds haven’t been produced, and the fewer leaves that hedges have during winter make it easier to see while you trim.
2. Measure the Hedge
Measuring the hedge before you begin trimming it will help with cutting straight lines. If you begin trimming your hedge without measuring it first, it might turn out lopsided and be an eyesore in your landscaping. To measure, put stakes in the ground where you want the hedge to end. Put these stakes all around the hedge, and you can use a string to connect the stakes in order to get a more perfect trim.
3. Begin Trimming From the Bottom
Starting at the bottom of the hedge makes it easier to keep the hedge even and uniform. If you start at the top, there’s a chance you’ll cut more than you intended to. Starting at the bottom makes it easier with the stakes in the ground to guide you from the bottom up.
4. Be Prepared for Cleanup
Before you begin trimming, it’s best to have all the cleanup equipment you need nearby, so after you’re done, it won’t be too difficult to deal with. It’s a good idea to use a tarp and have a leaf blower for faster cleanup.
5. Have Safety Equipment
Taking proper safety measures, like covering your arms and legs and wearing heavy-duty gloves, will make hedge trimming a faster process. If you’re constantly getting hit by debris or twigs while you’re trimming, it can slow down the process and cause mistakes. Don’t forget the safety glasses!
Having beautifully trimmed hedges is essential to landscaping and a beautiful well kept garden. With these five easy tips, you should be able to trim your hedges perfectly every time leaving you with a great looking garden.