My conifer hedge is now about 7 feet tall and I would like to give it a short
back and sides. I have never used an electric hedge trimmer before. Could any
reader recommend one at £ 50 or under which would do the job? I understand that
the diameter of the branches has to be considered
On 28 Apr 2004 18:44:05 GMT, email@example.com (ItsgottabePat)
Not as simple as that I am afraid.
Depends what type of conifer it is. The greenery may only be a thin
coating on the outside with a very nasty looking dead interior.
You may find it preferable to have them grubbed out and start afresh
In my humble experience you can cut these tress right back, it looks
nasty for a bit and the the green re-appreas. You should only do one
side at a time, else you kill it. HOWEVER this might not work with
If you are doing this very rarely, the hire ship will be able to do
you a realy decent machine for much less than 50 quid. A cheep machine
may well struggle. I love my tools, but for a really decent machine
that you don't use too often hire shops are wonderfull places. I don't
mean HSS here, I mean the local small shops where they guy knows his
And live with something that looks like it's been in a forest fire for
a year when new ones are dirt cheap, can be trimmed as they grow, and
take a season to get to good height.
I know which option I would take!
If they grow to full height in a seasn, they will only take a few weeks
to stop looking like a forest fire (not that they do anyway, if its
So do I. I have grubbed the bastards out. But if you want to keep the
hdge its a conch to cut the main stems with a pruning saw below final
height, trim them, and in 6 weeks the centers are back up where they are
If they are slower growing conifers, your method is even stupider. I
drasticlally pruned my mothers holly hedge that had taken about 25 years
to grow. It looked like shit for 6 months, now it loks better than
efver. Grubbing it out and replacing would not have restored it till
long after her death.
I nkow, but its teh ame principle. If its very slow growing it takes
years to get back to size, so pribune it not replace it.
If its very fast growintg it wil repair itself in weeks, so prune it,
don't replace it.
The ONLY rteaopsn to grub out a hedge is to replace it woeth soomethjing
else, removce it entirely, or because whats there is so old and rotten
that nothng else is feasible.
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