1. Check the weather. Never cut your bushes or hedges in the rain, and this is especially important when using an electric hedge trimmer. This is basic safety advice when using any electric power tool, not just hedge trimmers – remember - water and electricity does not mix!
If the weather is fine to work in, check your equipment is in good working order and not damaged in any way. If your hedge trimmer is damaged, you should either have it fixed by a trained professional or buy a new one. Hedge trimmers are readily available to buy in the UK in most retailers or garden centres. If using an electric hedge trimmer, ensure you have enough cable to reach where you need to go. If the standard cable that comes with the hedge trimmer is not long enough, you can attach an extension lead. Never use more than one extension cable at one time.
2. Check that the environment you are about to work in. Is it safe? Are there children or pets running around the garden? If so, rope or mark off an area or safe zone so that they cannot enter where you will be using the hedge trimmer. This will prevent them knocking you when cutting your hedges and hurting you or themselves.
3. Always Ensure you are wearing appropriate clothing and footwear. The clothing you choose to wear should allow you to move freely, be sturdy and tight fitting. This should provide some protection if required and be out of the way, allowing you to see clearly where you are cutting, and to avoid them getting snagged on branches as you cut. You should also wear sturdy non-slip shoes to provide you with a strong footing when using your hedge trimmer. Goggles and gloves are also recommended.
4. The last thing you need to do is go outside and pick out any dead leaves or debris that may be stuck in your hedge. This will stop debris from jamming your hedge trimmer and make cutting a whole lot easier.