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How To Make Hedge Trimming Easier

Watch more Lawn Care videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to make hedge trimming easier with these steps. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Do not use electric trimmers in wet conditions. Blades and electricity can both be very dangerous. Step 1: Use the proper tools Use a small hand trimmer if you are doing only minor manicuring. For larger jobs, use an electric or gas trimmer. Step 2: Lay down a drop cloth Spread a drop cloth around the base of the hedge to catch falling debris. Step 3: Visualize shape Stand at a distance from the hedge and visualize the shape you want to construct. Tip If you can't reach or see the top your hedge, use a step stool rather than stretching and straining. Step 4: Mark guide lines For flat tops, put bamboo stakes at either end of the hedge and attach string between them. Use the string as a guide for level trimming. Tip Round designs are easier to maintain than square ones. New growth is less noticeable on round tops and snow falls off round tops, too. Step 5: Remove branches Remove branches in your cutting path that are too large for your trimmer to handle. Use lopping shears for branches more than ?-inch in diameter. Step 6: Trim Run your trimmer along the lines you visualized, moving your body to avoid overreaching at any point. Tip Don't cut too deeply or your plants will look dead. Leave a thick layer of greenery beneath your cuts. Step 7: Visualize again Step back periodically to make sure you're cutting along the edges of your visualized shape. Make a final sweep to smooth out any rough spots. Step 8: Clean up Brush the cut pieces off the shrubbery. Fold up the edges of your drop cloth for easy disposal or composting, and put away your equipment. Did You Know? The Timberline Lodge, used as the Overlook Hotel in the film The Shining, does not actually have a hedge maze on its grounds.
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