Fun Fall Container Gardening
Are you thinking about a new hedgetrimmer? There are some things to think about before you part with your cash because this will determine what sort of machine you need.
If you have already thought about this and decided that a battery powered machine is best for you, there are basic safety steps to take for any machinery.
That said, a hedge trimmer has to work both vertically and horizontally and certain trimmers are easier to use than others. A rotating handle is very useful and stops you being a contortionist as you move from one position to another. Most normal jobs are better with a double-sided blade as single edges are usually longer and used by professionals for big situations. They are also harder to control. Machines now are very lightweight and the latest lithium-ion batteries can sometimes last as long as a petrol driven motor. There is nothing worse than finding the job half done and having to recharge the battery. Wearing a lithium battery pack on your back is the best way to use these cordless machines and extend the usage period.
Remember that as well as working upwards in sweeping movements, you should leave the top until last. Make sure if you are climbing on a ladder, it is very secure and steady. The batter of hedge- the slope of it- is very important as the bottom of the hedge should be wider than the top. If that is not the case, more sunlight reaches the top of the hedge and the lower part suffers.
The Stiga machine STIGA SHT 80 AE is new generation equipment with a handle that can turn up to 180 degrees. That makes for a comfortable working position whatever the angle of the hedge and the soft grip handle adds another bonus. The laser double cut gives clean and powerful cuts, stays very sharp and the 80v battery has a long performance life. This motor is also quiet and that is useful if you have close neighbours.
The cutting length is 570 mms and there are 33 mm between the teeth. This is the right sort of design for garden situations. The battery is housed at the side for ease of removing to charge but a harness is available for using a battery with more extended life on your back. This makes the cutting part of the trimmer even more enjoyable to use. No matter how complicated or artistic your hedges, this machine will cope admirably and make what is normally a chore, into a delight.
By Sheila Muckle
Sheila Muckle is certified with the Royal Horticultural Society RHS (UK) as well as with the City and Guilds Institute of London. She taught at Kirkley Hall College of Agriculture and Newcastle Adult Education as well as touring the country as a floral art demonstrator. She made 15 appearances on Tyne Tees Television gardening programmes with floral art and then trained as an English and Music teacher.
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