LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Chris Olsen) - You know, it's all about the right tools when you're doing yard work. When you're trimming, you should get gas powered trimmers. Then, you don't have to worry about some extension cord because you know you are going to hit it at some point and chop it in half.
Get double blade, double edged blades. What is wonderful is you have it on both sides. You cut faster and you cut better with a nice clean cut.
The disadvantage with a double blade is that you might hit yourself and cut your leg, so you want to be smart about it. Use some wisdom and cut slowly and don't rush through the job. Also, if you don't want to get out in the garden trimming very often, then pick low maintenance plants.
Choose plants that are more dwarf in variety. For example, the Dwarf Yaupon Holly or the Dwarf Burfordi Holly are good selections. Mind you, even though they say dwarf, it does not mean they still don't grow four or five foot tall.
Some trimming is necessary; you just don't have to trim as often. Then, once you have your right plant selection, remember to trim some of them into nice spheres or whatever shape you prefer. Leave some of your other plants more natural.
We don't want our whole landscape all round balls with boxes everywhere; we want some things like your Forsythia to still be natural the way God intended them. Therefore, you have a balance in your landscape and you have a beautiful look.
Source: Chris Olsen