Taming The Jungle

Posted: November 7, 2013 by Bunce Rental in Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden

Do the trees and bushes of your yard resemble an overgrown jungle?  Do you feel like you need to be Indiana Jones with a machete to cut them back?  At Bunce Rental, we have a variety of options for trimming back and shaping that landscape area into your own personal outdoor masterpiece.

Obstacle #1: Tall Grass & Brush

Before we get to the trees and bushes, the tall grass and brush that could be used as cover for a game of “midnight-capture the flag” needs to be cut down.  If the grass is too tall, your regular lawn mower will plug up after moving mere inches.  The machines for taming this mess of vegetation are also the same machines, we talked about in, The Trouble With Blackberries, our post on getting rid of blackberries; brush cutters, high grass mowers, and skid steers with mowing attachments.

We have also added another option for cutting brush to our fleet, the Flail Mower from OREC. It’s blades and high speed rotation feature will cut the grass and brush into mulch as well and cut brush up to ¼” in diameter.  To see the Flail Mower in action, check out OREC’s video on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI99c3nYVew

Obstacle #2: Taking Out The Trees

If a few trees are blocking your view or just don’t fit the image you have in mind for your landscape, then chances are you’ll be needing a chainsaw to take them down.  We carry three different sizes of chainsaws; 16″, 20″, and 24″ to accommodate different tree sizes.  When using chainsaws, it’s important to remember not to cut dirty wood or cut into the ground.  Cutting anything but the tree will cause the chain to go immediately dull and possibly cause damage to the chain or bar.

Cutting down trees can be risky and dangerous business. The Family Handyman magazine provides insight and safety tips on How to Cut Down a Tree.

If there are limbs to get rid of, a chipper will cut them up into pieces to be reused as beauty bark and/or fill for low spots in the yard.  As for the stumps left behind, a stump grinder can cut and grind them away. We’ll cover more on these machines in the future.

Obstacle #3: Polish & Prune

The next step is turning those unkempt bushes, into something more visually appealing, by pruning back dead limbs and shaping the leaves.  To lop off the unwanted limbs, a pole saw will do the trick.  A chainsaw in many instances would be overkill for these limbs.  Available in electric or gas-powered models, a pole saw has a bar and chain similar to a chainsaw that is much smaller and better able to fit between branches and leaves.  The pole saw also has a 6-8 foot long handle for cutting the hard to reach limbs, higher in the trees.  We also carry manual pruners that serve to cut limbs off as well.

To shape and cut the smaller branches and leaves up to a 1/4″ diameter in diameter, a hedge trimmer will suffice. The blades consist of plates that have teeth on the edges. Typically, two of these plates with teeth are found on the hedge trimmer and work with each other to prune and trim the bushes. Our standard hedge trimmers have 16″ and 30″ blades.  We also carry reach hedge trimmers (pictured left), which come on an extended pole.  The reach hedge trimmer blade can also be adjusted at an angle to better accommodate how you want trim your hedge.

For tips on pruning your hedges, trees, and bushes, check out “How to Prune Small Trees and Shrubs” on This Old House’s website.

To learn more about how our equipment can help tame and trim your landscape, contact one of our stores.  Our staff will gladly discuss your project with you and help you determine which equipment best suits your needs.

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