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Successfully Pruning Your Garden With A Chainsaw

well-pruned garden is a sight to behold — and it’s an achievement requiring ample foresight, work, and skill. Of course, you can choose to do the job by hand with shears, but using a chainsaw is a much more efficient method in some cases. When pruning your garden with a chainsaw, you need to first take correct safety precautions to avoid injuring yourself — not to mention your greenery! Moreover, learning about standard trimming techniques for shrubs, trees, and hedges plays a huge role in creating a smooth, attractive finish and maintaining the health of your garden.

Safety first

To protect yourself and prevent injury when operating a chainsaw, it’s important you wear high-quality protective clothing. Use safety goggles, hearing protection, a hard hat, and high-quality, cut-resistant chainsaw gloves. Protective chainsaw trousers and steel-toed boots are also safe choices.

You should also take time to read the instructions and familiarise yourself with the chainsaw safety features. Be sure to check the chain oil supply is full before each use. If you have family around, keep them at a safe distance — especially children. Never raise the chainsaw any higher than your waist when in use.

Pruning with a chainsaw

Chainsaws are recommended for use on overgrown or well-established shrubs — ideally with main branches of three or more inches in diameter. How you use your chainsaw may differ slightly depending on the shrub. For instance, forsythia should have only have older, drooping, or weak branches and discoloured bark removed. Alternately, lilac bushes should have entire older stems cut off. Avoid tip-pruning lilacs as it ruins their shape, rather than encouraging new blooms.

Trees typically need less pruning than shrubs but need doing occasionally to encourage health and growth, as well as reduce size. Using a chainsaw to cut down trees can be a big job. It’s doable with care and prior research or experience, but you may feel more comfortable hiring a professional if you’re inexperienced. Winter is the ideal season to prune trees since there’s less foliage in the way, which also makes cleaning-up afterward simpler.

Finally, don’t neglect your hedges! They should be pruned yearly with your chainsaw — ideally in early springtime — to prevent them from losing shape. If your hedges have been neglected over the years, remove the dead bottom branches and leaves, so new ones can grow. Then continue to carefully trim them regularly to create your desired shape.

Written by Jackie Edwards who is a researcher, editor and writer. Jackie began her career in horticulture and landscape gardening and spent many years helping couples and families achieve their plans to create gardens they could live and work with.

Thank you Jackie for another amazing and informative piece!

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