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Eric Stromer shows you how to use your electric hedge trimmer like a pro, from keeping it in shape to shaping your garden.
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Electric Hedge Trimmer Know-How
Featured: Eric Stromer Category: Home Improvement Time: 1:50
ERIC STROMER: It’s time for your GMC Trade Secret. Hey, I’m Eric Stromer, and I’m going to teach you how to use your electric garden hedger like a pro.
Now, electric hedgers are easy to operate. But like all tools, proper use starts with proper maintenance. First, with the power disconnected, check the blades to make sure they’re clear of branches and other debris. Check the power cord for cuts or frayed areas. Use plain soap and water to clean dirt from the blades. Sticky sap can be removed with a resin remover. Lastly, spray lubricant on the clean blades.
Now, when you work with a hedger, make sure you always have a long enough cord so it won’t restrict your movement. And always keep the cord behind you. You want to be working in front of the cord. You want to stand on a firm, stable surface, far enough away from the hedge where you can comfortably work. Start at the bottom and work your way up around the hedge.
When trimming the top of a hedge, hold the trimmer straight out from your body. Whenever working up high, make sure you have a solid place to stand like a ladder. A six-footer is a great one.
Now, for a rounded top, start a couple of feet down and then move your way up and in as you proceed. Now, that looks great.
You can get fantastic results too with your well-maintained electric hedger.
I’m Eric Stromer. I hope you’ll join me again for another GMC Trade Secret brought to you by the Sierra.