TRIMMING YOUR HEDGES AND DISPOSING OF THEMWatch our top tips
Just like your lawn and smaller shrubs, your hedges will have grown considerably through Spring and Summer and you may have needed to trim them back nearly every other week. As your garden slows down in Autumn, it won’t need as much attention during the colder months, so it’s best to give your hedges a quick tidy approaching Winter.
For tall hedges, use the Telescopic Hedge Trimmer to cut off the soft growth from both the top and sides. Your tall hedges such as Viburnum, Lilli Pilly’s and Murraya will look great for the next few months after an early Autumn clean-up. The HLA 85 features a telescopic pole with a total extended length of 3.3 metres, and because it’s surprisingly light, you can work on tall hedges with ease.
To trim back medium and smaller hedges, including Buxus and Indian Hawthorn, use the handheld Hedge Trimmer. Clean up the hedges that define your pathways and garden beds, and your garden will look neat and tidy all through Winter.
When cutting the side of the hedge, start from the bottom and swing your STIHL Hedge Trimmer in an upwards arc while cutting. Cut at the top of the hedge by holding the hedge trimmer at an angle of no less than 10°, the slight angle will stop the blades catching on small twiggy branches. Tapering any patchy areas will help promote growth by allowing the sunlight in. Hedges come in so many shapes and sizes, so check out blog.stihl.com.au/hedgetips to discover how to craft your ideal hedge.
The STIHL HLA 85 Battery Telescopic Hedge Trimmer blades are Swiss made with diamond ground cutters, purposefully designed to cut with absolute precision; a common feature across STIHL Hedge Trimmers. Visit your local STIHL Dealer to maintain and sharpen your Hedge Trimmer blades in between seasons. Additionally, using a resin solvent like STIHL Resin Spray helps keep your blades in top condition and makes them easier to clean after use.
Once you’ve got your hedges looking beautiful for Winter, give back to your garden and shred your trimmings. The STIHL Shredder makes quick work of hedge clippings or branches up to 35mm long. Put the shredded clippings into the compost bin and let them decompose in time for Spring.
In Short | Top Tips for Autumnal Hedge Trimming and Disposal
- Only give your hedges a light trim in Autumn, save major reshaping until spring when re-growth is faster.
- When cutting the side of the hedge, start from the bottom and swing the hedge trimmer upwards in an arc while cutting, stop cutting to walk forward, lower hedge trimmer and then repeat.
- Cut the top of the hedge by holding the cutting blades at an angle of less than 10°. The slight angle will stop them catching on twiggy branches.
- The HLA 85 features a telescopic pole with a total extended length of 3.3m. Surprisingly light, you can work on tall hedges with ease.
- Promote healthy growth by tapering any patchy areas, allowing the sunlight to get in.
- Get creative! Hedges come in many shapes and sizes – check out blog.stihl.com.au/hedgetips to discover how to craft your ideal hedge.
- The HLA 85 blades are Swiss made with diamond ground cutters, purposefully designed to cut with absolute precision. Your local STIHL Dealer can sharpen them and help keep them maintained.
- Use a resin solvent like STIHL Resin Spray to keep your blades in top condition and make them easier to clean after use.
- Give back to your garden and shred your trimmings. The STIHL GHE 355 Shredder makes quick work of hedge clippings or branches up to 35mm.