It’s time to trim unruly hedges and shrubs into shape. Tim Rumball puts six pairs of shears through their paces to find the best performer at the best price
WITH bird nesting over it’s time to tidy hedges and topiary. Hand shears are fine if you’ve only got short hedges or a few shrubs to tackle. Modern materials provide lightweight and super-sharp blades, so cutting with hand shears is not the long, hard slog it used to be. Shears with long blades will cover a bigger area more quickly and they cut a straight line more easily, but they’re likely to be heavier and not so good for detail work on topiary. Shears should only be used to trim this year’s slim green stems – use secateurs on thicker woody stuff. For straight cuts of hedge top and sides use a taut line stretched along as a guide.