Cutting hedges into unique shapes can help you create beautiful focal points in your landscape. The required tools for this type of projects are: pruning clipper, cardboard template, galvanized wire mesh and a hedge trimmer. Apart from the tools, it also take having the ability to draw the shape you desire, especially if it’s something more complicated than simple geometrical forms. For this reason, a good rule of thumb is to practice creating a template, the outline of which you are going to visually trace later on, when cutting the bush.
Animal-shaped hedges truly make the cut as unique choice, but in order to ensure success, our advice is to pick something simple, such as dolphin shape, for instance. Before you get to use your hedge trimmer petrol type, you need to create a wire mesh cage in the animal shape you want so that you can get all those details that cannot be achieved otherwise. Or you can buy a ready-made animal-shaped wire mesh cage and place it over the top of the bush. This way the branches will grow through the holes and fill them in.
Before you start trimming, it’s important to have the shape drawn on a piece of cardboard so that you can use it as a template. Also, choosing hedge trimmer petrol model is a smart move since you won’t be bothered with a cable, you won’t be limited when it comes to connecting with the main power switch and you’ll be able to get the maximum power for trimming any type of hedge. The petrol models are somewhat more expensive than electric models, but in the long run, the investment is worthwhile.
The plant must not be very young for this trimming procedure, you have to wait for the third growing season at the least. Also, you’ll have to repeat the process each spring for best and long-lasting results. The cutting should start from the back of the hedge, with a sharp pruning clipper. The suggested height is 8 inches. For the purpose of achieving thick growth, you’ll need to cut off one-half of the new growth the following year (the best season for this is always spring). This process must be repeated after the second growing season.
Hopefully, this guide will help you get your project started properly and create landscape focal points to adore with ease.