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Trimming hedges when you have a weak grip

Trimming is the job of cutting your hedge regularly to encourage strong growth for a full, dense, hedge. Trimming maintains shape and keeps the hedge at a manageable height and width.   

Top tips to make trimming hedges easier

  • Use one handed battery powered shears to trim hedges and secateurs or lightweight loppers to trim thicker stems. One handed shears are also useful for trimming smaller hedges.
  • Keep shears and other cutting tools sharp, clean and well oiled and adjusted.
  • Have a barrow or plastic sheet positioned beneath where you are cutting to catch most of the trimmings.
  • Avoid very fast-growing species and keep the hedge to a height that is easy to reach. 
  • One handed shears
    If you find cutting the hedge difficult, an alternative such as a wall or fence - with climbing plants - can be wildlife-friendly, attractive options.
  • Depending on the size of your hedge, this is a job that you might decide to get regular help with.   

Taking care

  • Always ‘warm up’ with a few gentle stretches, keep your back straight and only work for short periods, to avoid strain.
  • Try to keep the one handed shears close to your body and hold them just below chest height. Only trim within your reach to avoid straining and losing your balance.
  • Tackle a section of the hedge at a time to avoid getting over tired.
  • Reaching up to the top of a hedge or shrub can put extra strain on the neck, arms and back. Be careful if you use steps or ladders to reach a taller hedge as it is easy to lose your balance.  


Equipment and tools

  • Topiary shears
    One-handed battery powered shears are ideal for trimming soft foliage and for light hedge trimming. The blades can be rotated through 180° for a more comfortable cutting position.
  • Super sharp shears, with shorter blades and long handles, are lighter and suitable for more delicate trimming.
  • For light trimming jobs you can use one-handed shears.


Battery powered hand-held shears  

Battery powered hand-held shears

These shears can be used for trimming hedges and the blades rotate from the horizontal to vertical. There is a long hedge trimming blade for use on larger plants.

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Super sharp shears  

Super sharp shears

For use with two hands, these light shears have short blades and long handles. Good for trimming topiary and small hedges.

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Adjustable shears  

Adjustable shears

The comfortable padded grip makes these quality shears easy to use with one hand.

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Lightweight telescopic hedge shears  

Lightweight telescopic hedge shears

Easy-to-use catches on the handles allow you to adjust the handle length, and each handle can be set to meet your needs.

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