Trimming hedges is a normal part of garden maintenance for many of us, but what happens if you only have a chainsaw on hand, can you use it for trimming?
A chainsaw is not the most ideal choice for trimming a hedge since they are very powerful and harder to control, they can be used for pruning bushes with, however.
To help you out with trimming your hedge, we will discuss what chainsaw cutting is mainly used for, when to use a chainsaw on your hedges, how they differ to hedge trimmers and some tips for using a chainsaw for trimming and pruning hedges.
Electric chainsaw and petrol chainsaw models are typically used for cutting down trees, firewood, pruning, bucking and limbing.
They are one of the most powerful and most dangerous garden tools out there and are reserved for heavy-duty garden work.
We would only suggest using a chainsaw trim for hedges if it is a very overgrown hedge and you are not too bothered by accuracy.
Chainsaws are exceptionally fast, but this brutal cut might not be received so kindly by the hedge so we wouldn't use it for delicate shaping, for this, we suggest a hedge trimmer or hedge shears.
For pruning taller hedges a chainsaw is not recommended since you would need to stand on a ladder, since these tools are heavy you could likely lose balance.
Chainsaws are best used for pruning one or two hedges thicker branches that are three inches in diameter or more. Most overgrown hedges will have these thicker branches which is where a chainsaw can come in handy for rejuvenation pruning.
To understand why a chainsaw should only be used for heavy-duty pruning, it's a good idea to note the differences between these saws and trimmers.
Chainsaws are meant to be an effective tool for cutting thicker branches and even concrete or metal, hedge trimmers on the other hand are correct tools for cutting tips of branches and weak branches, as well as shaping shrubs.
All in all, chainsaws are meant for tougher work while trimmers are meant for sharing.
Although a chainsaw is not used for trimming it can be used for pruning branches bigger than three inches in diameter.
We've listed some tips for using a chainsaw for pruning hedges below.
Overall, you should not use a chainsaw for trimming a hedge, although possible, you may have less control and accuracy in comparison to using a hedge trimmer. Instead, we suggest using a chainsaw for pruning thicker branches on your hedge which are larger than three inches.