Electric shears are a great tool to prune your shrubs and hedges. The new growth usually has uniformly thin branches and twigs that the electric shears can cut through easily. New growth from shrubs and hedges can get quite unsightly in a short period. If not pruned regularly, shrubs and hedges will become severely overgrown and pruning will be difficult or sometimes impossible. Electric shears are really easy to use once you adjust to how they operate.
Set up a string along the length of your hedge. Pound a post into the ground on each side of the hedge and tie a string between the two posts. Level the string; you will be using this as a guide for shearing your hedge.
Shape your hedge. Shear the top even with the line down the entire length of the hedge. Round the edges of the top to keep snow from building up on top of the hedge in the winter months. Shear the hedge so that the bottom is wider than the top. This allows full sunlight penetration to the entire hedge.
Shear evergreen shrubs and hedges in spring as well as mid-to-late summer. Shear deciduous shrubs in the late winter while dormant and again in the summer to clean up their appearance. This will keep your hedges looking their best.