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can I use an electric hedge trimmer to trim my large laurel hedge


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312

    I have read, here and elsewhere, that laurels should be pruned with secateurs to avoid cutting the big leaves and causing unsightly brown edges.

    The original author of this advice obviously never had a laurel hedge to trim, (or nothing else to do). Ours get the petrol trimmer every time.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Most helpful.  Thank you image

  • LynLyn Posts: 22,888

    And ours, the half brown leaves drop off later.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 484

    Whilst you're trimming, remember to savour the sweet smell of almonds coming off the shredded Laurel leaves, and then realise you're actually sniffing cyanide!

    A wise note of caution - don't put leaves in a garden shredder and if you need to take the trimmings to the garden waste dump, leave the car windows open on the way there! I'm sure you'll be fine. image

  • I have tried with a electric trimmer and failed.  The blades just bounced off and where I did manage to cut the cut was really rough and ugly.  Had to resort to clippers I'm afraid.  Might be because I am a bit of a weakling ;-)

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,312

    Laurel leaves are always shredded here. Along with everything else. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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