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You Will Need
- A hand trimmer
- An electric or gas trimmer
- A drop cloth
- Bamboo stakes
- Lopping shears
- A step stool (optional)
Use the proper tools
Use a small hand trimmer if you are doing only minor manicuring. For larger jobs, use an electric or gas trimmer.
Lay down a drop cloth
Spread a drop cloth around the base of the hedge to catch falling debris.
Stand at a distance from the hedge and visualize the shape you want to construct.
Mark guide lines
For flat tops, put bamboo stakes at either end of the hedge and attach string between them. Use the string as a guide for level trimming.
Remove branches in your cutting path that are too large for your trimmer to handle. Use lopping shears for branches more than ¼-inch in diameter.
Run your trimmer along the lines you visualized, moving your body to avoid overreaching at any point.
Step back periodically to make sure you're cutting along the edges of your visualized shape. Make a final sweep to smooth out any rough spots.
Brush the cut pieces off the shrubbery. Fold up the edges of your drop cloth for easy disposal or composting, and put away your equipment.