What to do before you start cutting your hedge
When it comes to cutting our hedges, the most popular way of achieving that goal is using a hedge trimmer, be it electric or petrol and when using any type of powered tool there are always precautions and safety measures that should be taken and followed before doing so.
So before you start trimming that hedge:
- Make sure that the weather is going to be a good condition to do so, cutting hedges in the rain or damp weather is a big no no. This particularly applies to electric trimmers or any electrical powered tool for that matter.
- Providing the weather is suitable, it’s now time to check the actual equipment. If it’s in any way damaged then taking it to a trained expert or buying a new one is highly recommended.
- Equipment all in working order and you are using an electric trimmer, you will need to make sure that your cable will reach where you need to go and if not you can use an extension but only one at a time – do no double up on extensions.
- Almost ready but first take a look at your surroundings, think about potential hazards for example are there any pets or children that are or might come in to close proximity while you’re trimming. Use a piece of string/rope or any other material that will create a barrier to protect both you and others around you from harm.
- So weathers good, your equipments good and you’ve cordoned off your working area, it’s a good time to think about your attire, is it appropriate for the job? Clothing should be tight fitting to avoid snagging on branches and twigs but also allow ease of movement and not obtrusive enough to obstruct your view while trimming. Footwear should be sturdy enough to enable a strong footing and goggles should be worn to avoid flying debris, gloves are also recommended.
- You’re now ready to get on with the task at hand but just before start that trimming, it can be an advantages idea to give the hedge a once over for any debris or dead leaves that might be stuck in there, this can help avoid any of that stuff from jamming the trimmer and in a whole make the job easier in the long run.
If you do need a new hedge trimmer or just fancy seeing what’s on offer you can take a look at our range of hedge cutters here or for any other information you may require, you can contact us on 0115 961 5431 / 961 4634 / 961 4734 or emails at firstname.lastname@example.org