f you are looking for a way to keep your shrubs and hedges neatly trimmed, you need to get a hedge trimmer. A manual trimmer may be fine for individual landscape plants; they won’t really do the job for hedges. To keep hedges looking professionally groomed, you really need a powered hedge trimmer. You have a few different options when it comes to trimmers. Electric trimmers that plug in, cordless trimmers that give you more freedom and gas powered trimmers for big landscaping jobs.
Electric hedge trimmers are probably your lowest cost option for keeping hedges professionally manicured. They are lightweight and easy to handle. They usually have plenty of power for most types of ornamental shrubs. The electric motor is quiet and there are no emissions that could harm the environment. The only real disadvantage is the requirement that you be plugged into an electrical outlet. Depending on the size of your yard, this could require a really long extension cord. Although extension cords can certainly be purchased, keeping it untangled and organized is an extra chore.
Cordless electric hedge trimmers eliminate the need for a cumbersome cord. Without the requirement of constant connection, these trimmers can be used wherever your hedges grow. However, the rechargeable batteries on board the trimmer will make it heavier. That’s something to think about if you have tall hedges that require holding the trimmer up for long periods of time. Also, even if the batteries are fully charged, there’s a limit to how long you can trim before needing to plug in again.
If you are responsible for keeping large landscapes looking neat, then you probably need to opt for a gas-powered hedge trimmer. The gas motor is self-contained and doesn’t require any charging beforehand. Assuming you have the fuel, you can trim hedges all day long if needed. With this power and convenience also comes noise and pollution. But today’s trimmers run cleaner than ever before. And for some landscapes, nothing else will get the job done.