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xandrew245x
07-20-2012, 02:46 PM
This is the first time I have ever even held a hedger in my hand. Looks ok I guess, could have been better.

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LawnBoy0311
07-20-2012, 03:32 PM
is the bush tilted or the picture?

LawnBoy0311
07-20-2012, 03:33 PM
not too bad for the first try. you'll get the hang of it.

Hedgemaster
07-20-2012, 03:36 PM
Not as simple as it looks, huh?
Tricky spot too with that damned post in the way.

I use upward, "arching curve" sweeps ending in the center/top as I move around the shrub.
I then repeat to neaten it up - mostly just to make the top curves even.

The real b!tch is when you have twin shrubs that need to be sized/shaped identically.

xandrew245x
07-20-2012, 03:37 PM
The bushes were never cut before, so they were pretty bad, this is at my parents business. It was crooked when I started, the other bush is way worse, I did my best to try to straighten them out.

xandrew245x
07-20-2012, 03:38 PM
The bushes at my house, and then my moms house are next, i'm going to keep practicing. I want to offer this to people, but I don't want it looking terrible.

CHEESE2009
07-20-2012, 04:17 PM
If it wasn't for that pillar...

Top right & top front is a little heavy, I'd personally have to be in front of the bush to actually see whats going on, good stuff!

xandrew245x
07-20-2012, 04:47 PM
Thanks cheese.

I should have rounded the top off more, I think it would have looked a lot better.

CHEESE2009
07-20-2012, 04:58 PM
Thanks cheese.

I should have rounded the top off more, I think it would have looked a lot better.

Not your fault.

Shaping hedges is a pain in the arse, every time you look away and look back from a different angle, you'll always find something more to tweak lol.

Keep up the good work, and show us how you tackle the next one!

xandrew245x
07-20-2012, 05:22 PM
Will do, I plan on tackling my bushes tomorrow.

wat5150
07-20-2012, 07:12 PM
Shave more off the top to make it to make it even

willshome
07-20-2012, 07:46 PM
don't over think it. Looks a lot better than it did. Fixing a bush can take more than one cut, give it some time then trim it again

xandrew245x
07-20-2012, 07:59 PM
Defiantly looks way better than started, wish I would have taken a before pic.

willshome
07-20-2012, 08:24 PM
wish I would have taken a before pic.

it's on the ground around it

xandrew245x
07-20-2012, 08:25 PM
Haha, so true!

Lopes Lawn Care
07-20-2012, 10:40 PM
Good first attempt man! Trimming is always a pain in the arse. At least to me it is. Your doing the right thing by practicing at your parents places first before doing it for a paying customer. It takes a bit to get it and every job/shrub is differant. Some need ladders and some are just monsters that people go years without trimming. Others are easier with less debri removal. Some require differant sized trimmers, sometimes you need a longer trimmer, sometimes you need a trimmer with bigger "teeth" when chopping down big stuff.

I'm going to a heavy trimming job tomorrow. It's really detailed and way beyond anything i've ever done. The lady is a family friend and knows i'm not that experianced with shrubs of this nature but wants to give me a shot anyways. I'm gonna take some pictures before i start and will post them tomorrow cause i definitly need some advice on these soccer ball sized shrubs.

Nervous but excited cause this can really be a showcase proberty for me. It's a hair salon on a main road in town with tons of traffic. The owner told me a can leave a sign there.

Hedge- where do you get those canvas tarps that you use?

Hedgemaster
07-20-2012, 11:23 PM
Good first attempt man! Trimming is always a pain in the arse. At least to me it is. Your doing the right thing by practicing at your parents places first before doing it for a paying customer. It takes a bit to get it and every job/shrub is differant. Some need ladders and some are just monsters that people go years without trimming. Others are easier with less debri removal. Some require differant sized trimmers, sometimes you need a longer trimmer, sometimes you need a trimmer with bigger "teeth" when chopping down big stuff.

I'm going to a heavy trimming job tomorrow. It's really detailed and way beyond anything i've ever done. The lady is a family friend and knows i'm not that experianced with shrubs of this nature but wants to give me a shot anyways. I'm gonna take some pictures before i start and will post them tomorrow cause i definitly need some advice on these soccer ball sized shrubs.

Nervous but excited cause this can really be a showcase proberty for me. It's a hair salon on a main road in town with tons of traffic. The owner told me a can leave a sign there.

Hedge- where do you get those canvas tarps that you use?

Harbor Freight.

4'x12' - great for long runs and for circling smaller shrubs.
They are heavy enough to not blow away in a light breeze unlike a cheap, blue tarp.

They are around $5-$6 when on sale and with a 20% off coupon.

PVMS
07-21-2012, 01:20 AM
The best advice is that you should only take off small amounts at at time. You can always shave more off, but you can't put it back on. Stand well back and check it by eye frequently, and pay particular attention to the angle the bush is seen on when approaching it towards the high traffic areas.
The more you do, the faster and better your eye becomes.
Using a pole hedger where ever possible saves bobbing back and forth looking at it from a distance. You can stand well back and eye it as you go.

xandrew245x
07-21-2012, 07:08 AM
I think i'm going to look into getting some of those clothes. Tarps are such a pain in the a$$ to try to wrap around the schrub.

Martywdx
07-21-2012, 01:14 PM
One thing I've found out. Make sure you rake out all cut and semi cut debris. No matter how good it looks when you finished. In 5-7 days it will look like crap with all the dead and dieing debris.

xandrew245x
07-21-2012, 02:56 PM
Yea I plan on laying something down to catch the majority of everthing.

Sprinkler Buddy
07-21-2012, 03:00 PM
Looks a lot better to your wallet than having one of us lawn guys do them for you. Lol

Nice job for first time!

xandrew245x
07-21-2012, 03:22 PM
Looks a lot better to your wallet than having one of us lawn guys do them for you. Lol

Nice job for first time!

Thanks! I appreciate it.

xandrew245x
07-21-2012, 05:14 PM
Did a little trimming around the house today, didn't work at it to long, just snipped them quick.

Before:
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After:
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Before:
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After:(well really only half way, didn't do the other side)<a href="http://s1153.photobucket.com/albums/p507/xandrew245x/?action=view&amp;current=photo4.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p507/xandrew245x/photo4.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

Sprinkler Buddy
07-21-2012, 05:40 PM
With the small amount of clippings, I wouldn't bother with the tarp. Take your blower or rake if you don't want the clippings left in the beds and blow them out and mulch them with the mower. They break down quickly and it's a lot less work for you.

Lopes Lawn Care
07-21-2012, 07:40 PM
Thanks Hedge! i'm gonna pick some of those puppies up.

xandrew245x
07-22-2012, 06:29 AM
Man I just realized how awful my beds looks, I should really get them cleaned up.

Caskey Lawns & Landscapes
07-22-2012, 07:35 AM
The shrubs look pretty good...Good job ;)

xandrew245x
07-22-2012, 07:43 AM
The shrubs look pretty good...Good job ;)

Thank you!

I'm hoping i'm one of those people that just have a natural ability to do it.