Friday, I was perplexed to see that someone was attempting to cut back the intrusive growth along the Silver Comet Trail with a weed eater (string trimmer).  Of course, they didn’t get to far.

I’ve been looking at the Shindawa and Echo pole mounted hedge trimmers for awhile now.  Hedge trimmers need to be pole mounted and well balanced so you can easily cut high and low.  A regular gas powered hedge trimmer can be a real pain-in-the-back to try and use for trail work.  As an experiment,  I stopped by Home Depot and picked up a hedge trimmer attachment for my Ryobi 2-cycle Expand-It power unit.  An $80 experiment is certainly cheaper than $400 to purchase the Echo unit.

I picked one of the worst areas along the Silver Comet Trail, heavily over-grown with kudzu and privet, at mile marker 16.  One section here had intruded nearly a foot into the trail path.    Definitely a valid test case to see how well this non-commercial grade hedger would work.

This is how the area looked when I started:  (click image to enlarge)

Encroaching Shrubbery.

Encroaching Shrubbery.

This is probably 40-50 ft of dense shrubbery that needed trimming.   Starting after work and late in the evening, the cutting went surprisingly well.  I did better than I had expected and was able to trim back this entire section.

Trimmed Section at MM16.

Trimmed Section at MM16.

I should have brought a rake, I had to leave the trimmings piled next to the trail.