Using a Boom Mower to Trim Hedges
Using a boom mower to trim hedges.
Although boom mowers are generally used for mowing roadside weeds they can also be used to trim hedges.
If you decide to trim hedges, it is important to check out a few things first.
When any boom mower cutting head is off the ground, cut material can be thrown a great distance.
You should be aware of this and check out the area to make sure that you can do the work without damage to adjoining property.
Rotary head boom mowers are not recommended for work off the ground as material can be thrown at the operator.
Flail mowers are much safer but even flail heads should not be turned towards the operator.
After making sure that you can work safely it is best to decide just what height and shape you want to see.
If you are planning to make radical reduction in the size of the hedge you should expect that all the leaves will be mowed and you will finish up with a series of bare branches which will be very unattractive.
Of course, adventitious buds will sprout and eventually the appearance will be satisfactory.
Cut branches of any size will have shattered ends and it is best to use a chain saw to cut off the ends.
Most times it is best to make a horizontal cut at the height that you want.
Then, angle the vertical cuts to allow sunlight to promote growth at the lower part of the hedge.
Your final pass should be to mulch all the fallen branches on the ground.
Malcolm Smith, C.E.O.
Powerland Equipment, Inc.