How to Use an Electric Hedge Trimmer

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There are many gardening equipment out there with new ones being invented every day. However, the prime importance that should influence the choice of the hedge trimming tool is its efficiency and ease of use. Electric hedge trimmers are highly efficient in gardening. They are designed from the inspiration of the chain saw and large scissors. They have a double blade 9-12 inches long. However, Electric hedge trimmers have limitations of length. You also need to prevent it from rusting and to regularly sharpen it.

Precautions

Trimming should be done in the morning or late in the day when the sun intensity is low. This prevents the freshly cut flowers and shrubs from the scorching intensity of the sun.

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Ensure that your equipment is in good working condition and ensure that you have long cable if you are working over long a distance. Attach an extension cable to the extension lead

Ensure that your environment you are working is safe from pets and children. If you are working on commercial properties try to provide zoning and mark to ensure that people do not come close. Have tight clothing and footwear. When working for long, wear gloves and Goggles to improve your safety.

Connecting to Power Supply

You need to power your trimmer. Use the recommended cable and extensions when connecting to the power supply. You also need to ensure that the trimmer cord is behind you. This can be achieved by cutting from the power source enabling that the cable is behind you. Always maintain a comfortable distance to the hedges. Try to gain a shore foot and blades up and in front of you.

How to cut your hedge

Decide on the Shape to Hedge- Healthy hedges are slight and allow sunlight to reach the ground. Keep your hedges healthy by cutting them in slight shapes. Sunlight will ensure healthy growth of roots and the stems.
Hold hedge trimmer with two hands- the edge trimmer is design to be operated by two hands. This ensures safety and gives ease of operation. Once your electric hedge is held firmly, correctly and it is powered, begin cutting the hedges in a circular manner. This helps you sweep branches from hedges and giving you a clear view on your cutting space. Work at a slow speed and hedge carefully to produce desired shapes. Always trim from the bottom to top and do not force the trimmer.
Trimming top of the hedge- for safety and prevention of fatigue, always hold the electric hedge straight and in front of you. Do not strain when cutting taller hedges that are above your head. It is advisable to find stable ladder or a strong object to stand on to enable you hold the hedge trimmer straight out in front. Alternatively, use a trimmer with telescopic poles. You need to adjust the pole to the desired length and tilt the blade to 90 degrees elevation.

After you are done with your trimming, turn off the hedge trimmer and put it in a good working surface. Apply the appropriate oil on your blades and remove any stuck debris gently and clean it thoroughly.

You need to also remove all the debris and clean your hedges to maintain the beauty of the hedges. Always follow all the manufacturer’s guidelines in operating the trimmer and know that any hedge trimmer is a good hedge trimmer if used correctly.

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