7 Amazing and Arty Topiary Hedges

If our recent post about a giant garden hedge proved anything (apart from the fact that our world has some incredibly large greenery of course) it’s that we love a good hedge trimmer here at Garden Toolbox! We are also advocated of shrub trimmers and shears. Sure, we’ve seen some pretty ratty hedges in our time but for the most part a garden hedge remains a well tended and attractive border to your garden, helping add a bit of character and a natural solution that a fence just can’t manage. We love it even more though when people decide to partake in the art of topiary, turning something that would have been a small attractive border to their front garden into something that turns peoples heads as they walk down the street.

So, with this in mind we’ve took a look around the Internet to find some of our favourite examples of topiary. It’s a collection that makes us want to get out our garden shears or secateurs straight away and set to work creating something that probably won’t even be half as good!

It’s always good to get a thumbs up from a hedge when you’re walking down the street a lovely bit of landscaping, even if you have to double check if you were just seeing things! The huge smiley face and spiky hair on this topiary example is charming off, but teamed with the bush behind it the design gives the impression that he’s giving you a thumbs up as you walk past. It’s almost as if he’s saying “Don’t worry about the name, there are honestly no crabs here”. His huge mouth probably swallowed them all up! The great news is this work will attract the birds back too.

Lions seem to be a favourite amongst those who practice topiary, maybe it’s because people like growing the somewhat dishevelled mane? In any case this is the best one I found, and a very proud green lion he looks indeed! Just looking at a construction like this you’ve got to appreciate the creativity and complexity that goes into creating such designs.

This giant Christmas pudding themed hedge took six years to create out of a pair of 20ft conifers. It was designed by Roger and Valerie Holley from Yeovil Somerset, inspired by a comment from their 12 year-old granddaughter who said “that looks like a massive Christmas pudding”. Every summer the couple works on the shape to make it even fatter; before using watered-down white emulsion paint as cream and popping a holly on top just in time for Christmas. One year they even added a robin! I’d say it looks good enough to eat, but I’m not a fan of Christmas pudding. I do love their hedge though!

It’s hard for anyone to not recognise the Fab Four, and Liverpool – the city that The Beatles came from – decided to honour them by fashioning topiary in their image outside the city’s South Parkway train station. It took 18 months to grow the band, only for someone to lop the head off Ringo Starr, probably thanks in part to a few comments he made about Liverpool and not exactly missing the city. Ringo’s head is now back and The Beatles remain in green form to to this day.

I have to admit that I don’t mind the odd bit of Formula 1. Some people wonder how you can enjoy a few fast cars going round and round a race track for a couple of hours, but for me it’s a good thing to stick on the TV on a lazy Sunday. This Formula 1 inspired topiary is actually outside the Williams F1 headquarters, where a team of gardeners spend hours every month making sure it’s trimmed. The car, originally made for a Ferrari but purchased and re-shaped by Williams, is 11ft long long and is made from six plants. Attending it are 6ft high mechanics, each made from two plants. Crafting the car and its mechanics was a slow process, as it took two-and-a-half years for the planting to grow around their metal frames and completely cover them. The results were definitely worth it!

We all love a bit of Disney, so here’s the cast of Toy Story 3 in loveable topiary form! These are situated at Epoct in Walt Disney World, Florida. There are far more than just these three though, and in fact the Disney park holds the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival every year, showcasing over a hundred carefully crafted topiaries. If you want to see your favourite Disney characters in plant form then the festival would be the perfect time to go.

That’s your lot…wait, you want another Disney one? Oh go on then!

If you have a topiary or hedge in the shape of something or know of any you can view then let us know, we’d love to see pictures!

Hedge Trimmer

The History Of The Hedge – Trimmer

The hedge-trimmer has been required for a long while; hedges & bushes have always needed sustaining and even more so from when they were used to separate the fields of farmers & guard animals and crops from the foul winter months.

Since way back when, hand shears were utilised; but, the innovation of the 19th century altered things as many labour-saving equipment and garden tools were thought up and several of these are still copyrighted these days. We The 20th Century gave way to a lot of the populace getting gardens of their own, this induced a reaction where people required gardening tools which had not come to exist at this point. Some of the more common ones being a garden fork, spade, hoes, garden trowel, hand fork, gloves, hose pipes, and the revolutionary wheelbarrow.

Garden Shears
Garden Shears

The hedge trimmer had important instances in it’s time-line; most significant are presented below.

1854: Leonard Wood who was living in Idaho conceived a product that had wheels that drove beside the hedge that had gears and an almost up-right cutting wheel and side to side cutters. Just like most devices of the time it depends on horse drawn movement, or eventually, steam power, however hand-held tools are some way away.

1865: A patent is given to A. Selover for a wood construction that depended on a saw together with versatile clamps and poles to manage the width and the level of a cut.

1871: An alternate frame-work gadget was built by the Vannosdall brothers.

1890: Andrew Fox coming from Ohio in the USA designed and crafted a piece of equipment which had an inverted cover in the shape of a ‘V’ & had many cutters at the front of it. Even during this very early time period we’re becoming closer and nearer to the actual multiple blade products we have & utilise nowadays such as strimmers and bush cutters

1891: Elliot, Robust registered and has approved a patent for a ‘mobile’ hedge-cutting device. It was mentioned to be much more of a torment appliance than other things, as it had to be run by somebody that was buckled to a lead of limitless length. Either end of the wire was linked with some thing at opposite ends of the pasture and motion was provided by what ever was available during the period. This was an evident indication that to make a portable device functional, major improvements for the weight and size of engines had to be made to permit range of motion.

1922: The Little Wonder organisation ltd. situated inside the U.K, created a hedge trimmer including a hand crank. It’s possibly amongst the 1st models of current day hand-held devices using reciprocating cutting-blades which we see so frequently now. It managed to stay in development throughout the 1950s and contrary to popular belief wasn’t just liked by gardening enthusiasts but particularly with pasta manufacturers too. Reason being the razor-sharp teeth were the perfect item to slice delicate strands of pasta. When 1935 arrived, ‘Schiller’ (based in the USA) acquired the business out & transported it back to the States; in the modern day these folks still build at three plants inside the U.S.

1940: A hand-held, 1 bladed (reciprocating), hedge-trimmer ended up being created by the ‘Little Wonder Company’.

1945: They create the very first double bladed reciprocating hedge-cutter.

1955: and the very 1st petrol powered hedge cutter is put out onto the market.

The Baby Boom

Post-war, the improvement of a lot of appliances altered, the hedge trimmer just like the chainsaw. The chainsaw manufacturers started bringing out: light in weight, small engine devices dependent upon brand new alloys as well as two stroke engines. From the start there appeared to be more of a focus around electrical power engines, since these are usually aimed towards being gardening products as an alternative to rural out-of-doors devices such as the chainsaw which is more typically petrol driven.

One of the reasons the units had become very popular in the household is undoubtedly a result of Black and Decker making it popular after they started mass producing them. Things ended up being forced even farther in ’62 when B&D introduced a variation of the cutter that comprised a mobile power pack of battery cells; it was a revolutionary concept, however since the power supply wasn’t effective in those days, it turned out less than satisfactory for the jobs it was made for. At present, B&D, Makita, Bosch plus a large variety of other companies are always competitive within the cordless hedge trimming market, supplying different types varying in size, energy and functionality.

B&D at first got control over the electrical power drill market, and acquiring this type of big research and development workforce helped them in the seventies to launch a hedge trimmer add-on unit to a drill, although this ended up being incredibly capable, it was actually never to become as effective as the actual specialist hedge trimmer.

McCulloch actually being one of the primary chainsaw innovators established that it was in fact the opportunity to widen towards the hedge trimmer industry during the 70′s. Today they are owned by ‘Husqvarna’ the number one out of doors tools manufacturer and you can see them among various other names of the firm such as Gardena. The McCulloch brand still pave the path for enhancement for the petrol section within the current market, fuel pumped easy start products and a few of their tools are the littlest and least heavy available, weighing only 5 kilos. Gardena make up the cord less model collection consisting of every thing hand-held and extended range types.

Arguably the most significant hedge trimmer aspect was the long reach hedge trimmer, created by Echo. The longer grip & saw blade enabled the home user to reach places that simply weren’t doable before when using a standard hedge trimmer.

The more high-priced versions possess pivoting grips that will bend to permit various angles to be acquired whilst cutting.

The look of things to come

During May Last year a patent had been released for a Multipurpose Debris Deflector created by Techtronic Outdoor Products Technology. As perhaps you might be aware, generally products can disperse debris in any direction, including from your person, therefore these kinds of ‘debris deflectors’ and other similar appliances are very desirable.

Consistent design changes in recent times has been met with welcome adjustments for example regulations now assert both your hands ought to be on your device for it to operate correctly. In the event that both hands are not used, the security cut-off attribute of the piece of equipment that will prevent it from operating the actual blades. Hedge trimmer safety clothing is also a must have.

The Government has frequently pushed good development and innovations inside the petrol engine industry. 2 stroke motors are rather light weight and do not need an oil container, these have the capability to trim at all orientations in addition to the wrong way up if the needs should come up. The sole negative they’ve got is definitely the awful emissions which they emit when compared to 4-stroke engines.

Ryobi claim to possess the answer, a 4 stroke model which can be considered as a no mix engine. It meets the strictest emissions assessments and apparently will work at virtually all angles. Although it has already been used in garden strimmers it’s fully predicted to be moved on to the hedge-trimmer market eventually.

Strimmer
Two handed strimmer; petrol driven

The two stroke aspect within the power industry is also experiencing substantial innovations. A 70 percent less pollution levels record throughout the collection from the motor manufacturer Tanaka in ’98 was an encouraging study. The vast majority of tool motor companies are generally looking for lesser engine emissions and environmentally friendly accreditations, however they’re always looking to improve power which can be a fine balance.

Outside the breadth of this short article, there is the continuing usage of hedge trimming tools that stick to agricultural vehicles, along with the industrial agriculture and parkland industry these deal with almost all hedges.

It’s extremely unlikely that hedge trimmers will become redundant at any point throughout the up coming fifty years due to way in which we look after our gardens so carefully now.