Hedg­ing shears

Amateur Gardening - - Ask Anne! -

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.

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