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Please can you suggest the best tool to prune a laurel hedge that is about 3m high and 10m long?

I was thinking of a hedge trimmer but was recommended a pruning saw, as it would make the hedge look neater and not damage the leaves.

Many thanks.

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  • Posted: Tue. 28th February 2012 18:02

Re: Best implement to prune a laurel hedge?

Reply from Louise Yates M.A.

Hi - do you mean portugese laurel? A a rule of thumb, if the hedge leaves are big like with Prunus lusitanica, then pruning with secateurs, loppers etc produces the best finish; big leaves will get shredded by trimmers & then they die back & go brown making your hedge look sad. So if it is the large-leaved laurel, do it by hand with a saw & secateurs for a professional looking finish to be proud of!

  • Posted: Tue. 28th February 2012 21:25

Re: Best implement to prune a laurel hedge?

Reply from Michael Pate

Thanks. It is several laurel hedges together, so high and long!

What makes of tool would do the job? Can anyone suggest some please?

  • Posted: Wed. 29th February 2012 12:17