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Ducke
06-10-2011, 08:00 PM
I did some Hedge work this week,
It was two hedges approx 30 feet each and 8 feet high. They have not been trimmed in a few years the customer told me.
It not the work of a Hedge Master but I think I did pretty good for what I had to work with.

mark123
06-10-2011, 08:14 PM
After I did my last hedge pruning I took my pruners into the local repair shop and told them please don't hurry giving them back. If I never see them again it'll be too soon. Least favorite job in the world! Every time I do pruning I raise the price $5 per hour. Every time! I'll be up to $200/hour real soon. :p

Ducke
06-10-2011, 08:27 PM
After I did my last hedge pruning I took my pruners into the local repair shop and told them please don't hurry giving them back. If I never see them again it'll be too soon. Least favorite job in the world! Every time I do pruning I raise the price $5 per hour. Every time! I'll be up to $200/hour real soon. :p

I love doing hedges, It easy and non-strenuous work.
I also Like the pay check at the end. I charge by the foot and difficulty
(Height width how even or uneven the ground is etc..)

mark123
06-10-2011, 08:36 PM
... It easy and non-strenuous work. ...
What planet are you from and can I see your space ship? :lol: :p

That's why I hate it, it's back breaking. Every time I get a pruning job I call the chiropractor to schedule an appointment for the day after. :D

Steve
06-11-2011, 06:36 AM
That is a great job! How long did it take to do? How did you handle cleanup?

slick
06-11-2011, 07:53 AM
I'm with ya mark.....kills my back and shoulders!!! After only a couple hours of wielding my 7+ foot hedge trimmer im ready for a pain pill!!! Plus not ta mention when i get atop of a 25+ foot hedge ta top it holding that trimmer out in front of ya while hoping the ladder doesn't move makes almost every muscle in my body tense.lol, for some reason I don't have any simple hedges.

My wife likes me ta take pics, made the mistake of taking her with me once to see how i do hedges, needless ta say she doesn't think throwing and extension ladder up against a hedge is safe.lol

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o120/slick1975/164743_10150383378485436_449776185435_17059947_122 8889_n1.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o120/slick1975/166823_10150383379345436_449776185435_17059955_405 5102_n1.jpg

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o120/slick1975/164838_10150383379690436_449776185435_17059957_424 8155_n1.jpg

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http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o120/slick1975/9120_1269714424778_1287387072_793488_303431_n1.jpg

mark123
06-11-2011, 08:03 AM
I'm with ya mark.....kills my back and shoulders!!! After only a couple hours of wielding my 7+ foot hedge trimmer im ready for a pain pill!!! Plus not ta mention when i get atop of a 25+ foot hedge ta top it holding that trimmer out in front of ya while hoping the ladder doesn't move makes almost every muscle in my body tense.lol, for some reason I don't have any simple hedges. ...

Holy moly!!!!!!!!!!! That's some big hedge. :D

I think in my case it's the short stuff that hurts the worst. Bending over for 6 hours holding anything outside of center just puts a knot in my back.

slick
06-11-2011, 08:10 AM
It's funny you say that, i just did some waist high ones the other day, and your right didn't take long before my lower back started screaming..!!!!

Growing Green
06-11-2011, 08:22 AM
Speaking of hedges you guys have brought up a question I'm been meaning to ask you all. I just got a new customer that has about 10 perfect and round small hedges. I have the big Stihl Hedger that goes with the Kombi system and of course there is no way I'm going to be able to use that. What do you guys use and how do they make it so round?

I attached a picture of a sample of how round those hedges are and also a pick of the hedger I use from the Stihl website.

Matt

B-2 Lawncare
06-11-2011, 09:22 AM
After I did my last hedge pruning I took my pruners into the local repair shop and told them please don't hurry giving them back. If I never see them again it'll be too soon. Least favorite job in the world! Every time I do pruning I raise the price $5 per hour. Every time! I'll be up to $200/hour real soon. :p

LOL me to!!!!

B-2 Lawncare
06-11-2011, 09:25 AM
I love doing hedges, It easy and non-strenuous work.
I also Like the pay check at the end. I charge by the foot and difficulty
(Height width how even or uneven the ground is etc..)


Ducke, hay man I have a spare bed this next spring. LOL

mark123
06-11-2011, 09:25 AM
... I attached a picture of a sample of how round those hedges are ...
Those are probably topiary. The plant is caged inside of a mesh and probably maintained using hand pruners.

Edit: Check this link: http://www.sktopiary.com/shop.html#91 :)

Hedgemaster
06-11-2011, 09:48 PM
Heh. I cut 140 feet of "hedges" today. Nothing fancy - just needed to get the overgrowth off the sidewalk and even up the tops. That said, I took about 2 feet off the sides to get them off the sidewalk and they were between 6 and 8 feet tall and about 6 feet deep.

The Stihl articulating trimmer attachment came in REAL handy today. I threw an extra handle I had laying around onto the shaft of my FS90R to give me a more "balanced" place to hold it while trimming. It looks goofy when I'm just using it as a string trimmer, but it weighs next to nothing and it's easier than taking it on/off when I want to throw on the hedge trimmer attachment.

That attachment was a good investment.

Ducke
06-12-2011, 02:56 PM
That is a great job! How long did it take to do? How did you handle cleanup?

This job being a new job and the first one of the year too me about 6 hours.
as for clean up I just rake it all up in a big tarp and drag it to my truck.
its going to go out to my compost pile at my camp next rain day.

Steve
06-14-2011, 09:58 AM
You should be able to trim the hedges round with an up and down motion.

See how this hedge is curved and cut with a large hedge trimmer.

Ducke
06-14-2011, 11:44 AM
Shaping any kind of Shrub take patients and practice.
Just like any skill the more you do it the better you get at it.

duck279
06-16-2011, 04:17 PM
I did 5 hours of hedging yesterday. I gotta say I hate it but the paycheck for the work makes the pain go away. I try to stick with basic hedging and nothing fancy. The only thing that makes me mad is when homeowners think years of neglect can be cured and look perfect by a few hours of hedging. It helps but maintaining them can make them look good all the time.

Ducke
06-16-2011, 07:49 PM
I now have 201 ft of hedge and 10 shrubs to prune work booked and another 100 ft pending acceptance of quote.