Hints & Tips
Hedges have grown really quickly recently and now’s the time to trim them back, but please, check as far as you can that there are no nesting birds.
Hedge sides are relatively simple to trim and, if it is a newly-planted hedge, trim them in an A shape to encourage the bottoms to thicken out.
This gives a much better hedge in the long term and provides habitats for birds to build their nests and better hiding places for small voles and hedgehogs at the base.
Once you’ve taken care of the sides there’s the small matter of hedge tops, which are the most difficult parts to trim.
Teetering atop a ladder with a hedgetrimmer isn’t a lot of fun, far better to equip yourself with one of these, the Mitox 28 LRK Kawasaki Long-Reach Hedgetrimmer.
With an overall reach of 246cm it can deal with the majority of hedge tops and has the power to deal with thicker growth thanks to the 26.3cc Kawasaki engine, the type preferred by most professional gardeners.
This develops 1.03hp and has a full crank and electronic ignition for easy starting.
Two 55cm double-sided dual-reciprocating blades give a clean cut and these blades are on a 220 degree articulating cutting head so you can adjust to the best angle for each job.
The machine weighs 7.4kg and to make it comfortable it has comprehensive vibration damping.
The maker’s recommended price is £399 but we have it for sale for £349. Delivery is free, and the next working day, and it has a three-year warranty. There is even a free bottle of two-stroke oil in the package.
Other hedgetrimmers can be seen on these pages and if you want any more information please ring us on 03454 588905. We are known for our impartial advice and friendliness..
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