Spring is just around the corner and this time of year we look into our gardens and prepare. There will be a lot to do; From clearing the leaves, twigs and other debris that fell from the trees during the winter storms, cleaning the borders, and preparing for planting, you will no doubt be busy! Then there are your hedges. They'll have been dormant in winter, but be aware that they'll come back to life in style in the next few weeks. As soon as the last frost is over, they will grow again and undoubtedly need to be cleaned up.
Of course, if you have hedge trimmers – and it's a gas model – you'll need to take them out of the warehouse and take a good look at them to see what needs to be done for the new season. There shouldn't be much, but there is always something that needs to be done with tools like this that have been around for a while. Let's take a look at some practical maintenance tips for your gas hedge trimmer so you can make sure everything is in order when it is needed. We also found a useful resource on traditionalgardening.com that covered hedge trimmers and more.
Maintenance before the season
We will first check what you should do before putting your hedge trimmer into operation. The first thing you need to do is take a close look at the machine and see if there are any obvious signs of damage or leaks. Check the housing for loose parts and tighten it if necessary. This is a job that should only take a few minutes.
Wipe off the dust that has accumulated during storage – a damp cloth should do the job – and then remove the spark plugs. You can either clean them, use a hard material knife and a special spray to clean the rest, or you can buy a new set. The latter option is often a good idea if you haven't used your trimmer for a long time, as it will help you run better and get more economical results.
You also need to check the blades; This is a very important aspect of maintenance because sharper blades mean better performance. If you want the best results, take them to a hardware store that offers blade sharpening services and they will do the best job possible. The sharper your blades are, the better your hedges will look and the easier it will be to work.
Next, you should top up the fuel if there is still fuel in the tank. it must be removed as it is not suitable. It is always best to start with fresh, freshly mixed fuel to get the best results. Once you've done this, you're good to go! A quick start and checking that everything is going well, and you can get started right away to tackle these hedges!
After each use
There are some simple maintenance routines that you can perform before and after each use of the hedge trimmer. For example, check that the air inlet is free of debris – these can accumulate when cutting hedges and affect the performance of the machine – and adjust the carburetor to run smoother and finer. Both also lead to higher fuel consumption.
In the manufacturer's instructions you will find information on when and how the knives must be lubricated. This varies from machine to machine. So if you bought a new one, don't assume that the maintenance routine will match that of the last one you owned. Always follow the prescribed instructions to get the right results.
These simple and quick maintenance tips are essential if you want your hedge trimmer to do a good job. So don't overlook them. One last thing: Always look through your hedge trimmer well before using it, as this can show obvious signs of damage, leaks, or other problems, and always follow the safety precautions listed.
After the season
When we have completed the annual cycle and are returning to winter, it is important that you properly put your hedge trimmer down. If you want to keep the fuel in the tank, you can buy special stabilizing fluids that make it possible. It is highly recommended to do this or empty your tank – this is one less task to do next year!
Wipe your trimmer thoroughly with a cloth and remove all deposits on the knives, in the air inlets or in other places on the body and shaft. If there are manufacturer's instructions for pre-storage maintenance, read them carefully and follow them as directed. Your hedge trimmer is ready for use the next time you need it.