Monty Don, well-known horticulture writer and presenter, said: “the secret to raising big, beautiful, bushy hedges is knowing when to prune them.”
With secateurs and shears it can be a laborious task, but with the help of a hedgecutter, it’s easy to maintain your hedges and keep your outdoor space looking its best. Deciding what type you need can be trickier, but this handy guide from Bosch Home and Garden makes choosing the perfect hedgecutter for your garden a walk in the park.
To choose the best tool for the job, you first need to think about the size, shape and type of hedges you have in your garden. Here’s how it impacts your choice:
The size of the hedge – You’ll want different sized blades depending on the height of your hedge. A longer blade will make it easier to reach the top of taller hedging, so you can work more comfortably and efficiently. A shorter blade can be easier to control for foliage around waist-height.
Branch thickness – The thickness of the branches on your hedges will determine the tooth spacing and power of your hedgecutter. For thicker branches, you’ll need larger tooth spacing and higher power. Smaller teeth spacing and lower power is fine for younger shrubs with thinner branches. If in doubt, choose a hedgecutter with larger tooth spacing, then you’ve got the versatility to cut both thick and thin branches alike.
Types of hedgecutters
There are 3 power options for hedgecutters:
- Corded electric
- Cordless electric
Corded electric hedgecutters
To ensure maximum power and uninterrupted cutting, choose a corded electric hedgecutter. This type is easy to maintain and provides constant power. The only limitation is the size of the work area as you must stay within reach of a power outlet, so if you have a large outdoor space, one of the other options might be better for you. These can also be difficult to manage if you have taller hedges, but for regular sized gardens with lower shrubbery, they’re a solid choice.
Cordless electric hedgecutters
Cordless hedgecutters give you the freedom to cut your hedges without the risk of getting tangled in the wires, or worse, cutting through one. They’re also lightweight and relatively quiet. Just be sure to consider the run time of the product; will you have time to trim your whole hedge before the battery runs out? Bosch’s advanced battery technology means one charge is enough for up to 75 minutes of work, but if you’ve got a lot to get through, you could consider one of the other options.
For more power but with the freedom of cutting without a cord, petrol hedgecutters are a good choice. They’re also the best bet for thicker branches. The downside is that they can be heavier and noisier, and you should also bear in mind the ongoing fuel cost.
We’ve covered the basics of hedge height, branch thickness and power source, but there are some additional options that can help make the task of trimming your hedges even easier.
For example, Bosch’s Anti-Blocking System changes the running direction of the blades if a branch isn’t cut through on the first attempt, ensuring uninterrupted cutting by stopping the blades from getting caught up and the machine consequently stalling. Models with sawing teeth in the front section of the blade are particularly suited if you’re needing to cut thicker branches. Bosch’s Quick-Cut Technology is good for foliage with lots of twigs and branches, giving you efficient, clean cuts.
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