HOORAY FOR HEALTHY HEDGES
A tidy, well-cut hedge can make all the difference to the appearance of a smallholding, so what is the best way to tackle those hedgerows?
Formative pruning is usually carried out in winter or spring. After this, maintenance trimming is undertaken between spring and summer.
“The invention of the tractor-mounted sidearm flail cutter 50 years ago revolutionised how hedgerows are maintained and it is a popular method for landowners,” says Siromer MD Louise Howard. “Flail hedge cutters save a huge amount of time and effort when maintaining long lengths of hedge. They use a hanging blade, which rotates rapidly on a vertical plain, cutting and mulching woody growth successfully.
“It’s important that flails are kept in good condition and that the correct rotation and forward speeds are maintained so that thicker branches are not left ragged, bruised or with open wounds. Raising the cutting height by 10cm each time a cut is made will help.”
The Siromer U44 Hedge Trimmer is suitable for compact tractors 24hp and upwards and boasts an interchangeable flail and finger bar head giving the smallholder the ultimate versatility. The finger bar head is 130cm and there is an option of either a 80cm or 100cm flail head. It costs £3,850 + VAT. For more information, visit www.siromer.co.uk.