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Best Hedge Trimers for Pleached Trees?

I have 6 hornbeam trees against a wall in the back garden which are grown to create a "hedge of stilts".  They are now getting to the point where I need to start shaping them into a neat hedge, but I am not sure what hedge trimers to get. Ideally I need something that could be extendable to keep the sides neat right to the top (probably about 3-4 metres tall).  Does such a thing exist - or do I need to call in the tree surgeons?  Advices please.

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,165

    I've got a long handled petrol hedge trimmer which would do up to 4m.

    Go to a specialist garden machinery shop.

    Devon.
  • Thanks - a stupid question (perhaps) - but how do you square off the top of the hedge?

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,165

    you get up a ladder

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,165

    the head  on mine can be angled, but I prefer to get up and see what I'm doing.

    Devon.
  • If you're going for the petrol hegde trimmer make sure that it's not too heavy. Don't listen when the man in the shop says he could trim hedges all day with it...he's a bloke! Allow also for the weight of the fuel. Again, this is nothing to a bloke but can be the final straw if you have arms like pasghetti and 0-1 out of 10 upper body strength. That would be me! image

     

  • Thanks Plant Pauper - useful advise!  I am not keen on petrol - having to store the fuel when there are little people around doesn't seem sensible.  I am looking for a solution that means I can reach the top without having to climb too high on a ladder!  I have no head for heights!  Battery/electric and telescopic seem to be the solutions so far!

     

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