Hedging my bets to hedge my best
April 15, 2010 7:09 AM Subscribe
Do I need a hedge trimmer to trim my hedge (as opposed to a small chainsaw or a variety of hand tools, etc.)?
posted by Shepherd to home & garden (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Pretty much what it says on the tin: I have some seriously overgrown (we're talking 8-12') hedges that I want to get down to about 6' (after talking to my neighbours, obviously) to get some sun on my lawn.
I recently bought a 12" battery-powered chainsaw, figuring it could do double duty as something to cut through the "trunks" of the upper end of the cedars; I have a manual limb-lopper and a few pairs of shears at my disposal, too.
The chainsaw was a bust and I'm going to return it. Should I seek out an electric hedge trimmer? Would it be able to handle the largish "trunks" of the bigger cedars in the hedge? And with about 60 linear feet of hedge to trim, is an electric tool really much more efficient/effective than trimming manually using shears and a limb lopper?
I'm not looking for "pretty," just "functional," and I know my neighbours feel the same way.