Hedge-Trimming in Ireland

@JudyEv (130707)
Bunbury, Australia
September 17, 2017 1:26am CST
I guess it should be obvious that when you travel halfway round the world and go touring that many things will be ‘different’. We’ve seen many things in Ireland and France that we just don’t see in Australia and every day has brought new and interesting sights. We have very few hedges in rural Australia. Only a couple of states have the remains of stone walls. Both walls and hedges have irked me many times in our travels. I’ll just see something interesting as we’re driving and a hedge or wall will suddenly obscure the view. Or I’ll just glimpse tantalising bits and pieces through gateways. Keeping the hedges trimmed must be a never-ending chore and the photo shows a very nifty machine which can be angled to trim almost any hedge. I’ve never seen one in Australia and there would be very little call for them. I know they’re on the continent and in Ireland so I’m wondering if any of readers from other nations have seen them.
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@LadyDuck (171673)
• Switzerland
17 Sep 17
We use the same here to trim the hedges on the highway, I have seen the same machines used in Italy.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
They are well-designed and seem to be able to cut at any angle.
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@LadyDuck (171673)
• Switzerland
18 Sep 17
@JudyEv They usually do, many toll roads in Italy are divided in the middle with hedges, a machine is necessary to keep them trimmed.
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@TRBRocks420 (81287)
• Banks, Oregon
17 Sep 17
The job that never ends, but at least they don't have to do it with just trimmers.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
I guess looking after hedges provided work for quite a few men in the 'good old days'.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
17 Sep 17
I've never seen them being put to that use but it makes sense. I've seen them also used to mow a steep incline from the roadside without having to drive on it and worrying about the tractor tipping over.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
They're pretty magic aren't they? We've seen them doing gutters and slopes with them too.
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@DianneN (82778)
• United States
17 Sep 17
I've only seen them in Ireland and Scotland, and would you believe, in Palm Beach, Florida?
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
In Palm Beach? That's interesting. Were they being used on hedges or just for general mowing?
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@jstory07 (69361)
• Roseburg, Oregon
17 Sep 17
That machine seems to get the job done.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
It's very effective.
@Mike197602 (13899)
• United Kingdom
17 Sep 17
Yes we have them here too, saw them all the time as a kid. Most farmers have a hedge trimming attachment to their tractor. It's a pain when you're on a push bike thoughwhen I had my very rural paper round I used to get punctures nearly ever day.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
I can understand the annoyance of almost-daily punctures. Did you carry a puncture repair kit in those days?
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@Mike197602 (13899)
• United Kingdom
18 Sep 17
@JudyEv Yes I had to at that time of the year. I'd often get 2 or 3 punctures over the course of one delivery
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
@Mike197602 That must have been really annoying.
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@xFiacre (4828)
• Ireland
17 Sep 17
@judyev It's no fun getting stuck behind one on a country road.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
Some of the roads here are barely wide enough for one vehicle let alone trying to pass anyone.
@xFiacre (4828)
• Ireland
18 Sep 17
@JudyEv so many of the roads on our recent jaunt to county Maigh Eo were like that, with the added hazard of recent sheep with their coats dyed in the colours of County Galway Gaelic football team.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
@xFiacre I was about to write that we don't have free-ranging sheep and cattle in Australia but in the Northern Territory they actually do and we sometimes came across a cow or sheep that had been hit by a vehicle.
@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
21 Sep 17
in the uk yes... but in spain. .. no...
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Sep 17
Do they have many hedges in Spain?I guess the vegetation isn't quite so prolific there.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
23 Sep 17
@JudyEv not in the area I live... but they may do in the basque area where it is much greener and they do a lot of farming in that area ...
@YrNemo (14421)
18 Sep 17
That looks cool, a real quick way to trim any hedge! (I never knew! I thought people just use some sort of scissors and cut it bit by bit!)
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
These big machines would only be used on farms or roads that had big, long hedges. There are electric clippers now which make hedge-trimming less work.
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@YrNemo (14421)
18 Sep 17
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@allen0187 (33857)
• Philippines
18 Sep 17
Haven't seen one here in Manila. Hedges are usually trimmed by hand.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
They are really good labour-saving devices.
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@allen0187 (33857)
• Philippines
19 Sep 17
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@just4him (124507)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Sep 17
We have hedges here, but I've never seen a vehicle trimming them.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
They'd need dozens of men to replace these machines.
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@just4him (124507)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Sep 17
@JudyEv Yes they would.
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@andriaperry (56707)
• United States
18 Sep 17
No I have never seen a trimmer like that, mine is small and hand held, a lot of work. I am thinking about making hedges to block nose from the road.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
Some of the hedges here are impenetrable - and some are at least a metre through, especially the ones around gardens.
@teamfreak16 (41167)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 Sep 17
I don't remember ever seeing a road like this.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
Some of the hedges are at least a metre thick. And they're continually growing.
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@FayeHazel (19111)
• United States
17 Sep 17
I have never seen such a hedge trimmer - it isn't common practice here other than some people's yards - and - homes right next to a busy highway.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
Some of the garden hedges are really thick and a metre or two wide. They'd certainly deter burglars and would probably stop a lot of noise.
@snowy22315 (51352)
• United States
17 Sep 17
I have hedges...and yeah..if you don't trim them they will grow out of control for sure!
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
The vegetation here grows very quickly.
• China
17 Sep 17
I don't know if there is such a machine here,which makes light work of Hedge-Trimming.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
There are miles and miles of hedges here in Ireland so a machine like this is very handy.
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@Shiva49 (13838)
• Singapore
17 Sep 17
I have seen few hedges in Asia. Yes, necessity is the mother of invention, an equipment to serve the purpose - siva
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
We've seen a lot of farm machinery in Ireland that we haven't seen in Australia.
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@acelawrites (12264)
• Philippines
17 Sep 17
I don't know if they use that machine here. I see people using the usual big scissors or sharp scythe.
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@JudyEv (130707)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Sep 17
That's the usual thing for small areas isn't it? But there are miles and miles of hedges here.