How to Use a Pole Hedge Trimmer

Are you looking to tidy up your garden or lawn but don’t want to use a ladder? A pole hedge trimmer is a great tool for any gardener or landscaper. It allows you to reach high branches and trim them safely and easily without having to put yourself in danger.

In this guide, we will show you how to use a pole hedge trimmer so that you can get the most out of this versatile tool.

Pole hedge trimmers are available in both gas and electric models.

  • Gas-powered models are more powerful but require more maintenance.
  • Electric models are less powerful but are much easier to use and maintain.

For the purposes of this guide, we will be using an electric model. Pole hedge trimmers are great for trimming hedges, bushes, and trees. They are also much safer than using a ladder since you won’t have to worry about losing your balance and falling. Keep reading to learn how to use a pole hedge trimmer like a pro!

Before You Begin

Before you start using your pole hedge trimmer, there are a few things you need to do first:

Check the power cord – Make sure that the power cord is in good condition and is not frayed or damaged in any way. If it is, replace it with a new one before proceeding.

Check the blades – Inspect the blades to make sure that they are sharp and in good condition. If they are not, sharpen them or replace them with new ones before continuing.

Check for obstacles – Remove any obstacles from the area around the hedge that you will be trimming. This includes rocks, sticks, toys, etc. Anything that could get caught in the blades should be removed from the area.

Wear proper clothing – Wear clothing that is comfortable and does not restrict your movement. Avoid loose clothing that could get caught in the blades. Wear closed-toe shoes and gloves to protect your hands and feet.

Now that you have everything you need, let’s get started!

Using Your Pole Hedge Trimmer

Step 1: Read the Manual

Before you do anything else, it is important that you read the manual that came with your pole hedge trimmer. This will give you all of the information that you need to know about your specific model including how to operate it and what safety features it has. 

It is always better to be safe than sorry so take the time to familiarize yourself with your pole hedge trimmer before you get started.

Step 2: Assemble the Pole Hedge Trimmer

Once you have read the manual, it is time to assemble your pole hedge trimmer. Most models will come with two pieces that need to be attached – the main body of the trimmer and the extension pole. 

Follow the instructions in the manual on how to properly attach the two pieces. Once they are securely attached, you are ready to move on to the next step.

Step 3: Prepare Your workspace  

Now that your pole hedge trimmer is assembled and ready to go, it is time to prepare your workspace. Clear away any debris or obstacles that might be in your way so that you have a clear path to work in. 

If there are any power cords in your way, make sure to move them out of the way as well. The last thing that you want is for something to get caught in the blades while you are working!

Step 4: Start Trimming!

Now comes the fun part – it’s time to start trimming! Hold onto the handle of your pole hedge trimmer with both hands and turn it on. Slowly bring the blades down onto the hedges, bushes, or tree branches that you want to trim. 

Apply even pressure as you move along so that all of the leaves or branches are cut evenly. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or push too hard – let the blades do all of the work for you!

5: Turn Off The Hedge Trimmer

When you are finished trimming, turn off your pole hedge trimmer and unplug it from its power source. Carefully disassemble your pole hedge trimmer into its two pieces –the main body and extension pole –and put everything away until next time. 

Congratulations –you did it! Now pat yourself on the back because you just learned how to use a pole hedge trimmer like a pro!

Some Safety Tips to Consider While Using a Pole Hedge Trimmer:

While you’re using a pole hedge trimmer, there are some safety tips that you should keep in mind:

  • Always wear gloves and protective clothing when using a pole hedge trimmer.
  • Never trim in an area where there are people, animals, or any other obstacles that could potentially get caught in the blades.
  • Be sure to keep your hands away from the blades at all times.
  • Do not operate a pole hedge trimmer in wet areas or with wet hands.
  • Never point the blade toward yourself, other people, or animals when using a pole hedge trimmer.
  • Never leave your pole hedge trimmer unattended while it is running.
  • Always unplug or turn off your pole hedge trimmer before you attempt to make any repairs or adjustments.
  • Finally, always read the manual that comes with your pole hedge trimmer so you know how to safely and properly use it.

By following all of these tips and taking the proper safety precautions, you can ensure that you’re using your pole hedge trimmer in a safe and responsible way.


Now that you know how to use a pole hedge trimmer, put your new knowledge to good use! This versatile tool can help you keep your hedges looking neat and tidy all year long. Be sure to follow all safety precautions when using this or any other gardening tool. 

And always consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions on how to use your particular model of pole hedge trimmer. 

We hope that this guide has helped you get started on your journey to becoming a pro hedge trimmer! Good luck, and happy trimming!