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Old 07-21-2012, 07:39 PM
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So i got a new client. She's got a ton of trimming to do and it's pretty detailed. Or more detailed then i'm use to doing. She knows i'm fairly unskilled at this type of trimming but she's a family friend and o.k. with me giving it a shot. Here are some shrubs she wants shaped into soccer ball sized balls. These are alot bigger then soccer balls and not in the same shape as a ball at all.

Any and all advice would be awesome. This can be a good account for me. It's on a main road and if i do a good job alot of people will see it. It's also at a hair salon so the womens be talkin. haha. Don't wanna mess this up and definitly wanna do a great job. Thanks guys!
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I would suggest using manual hedge clippers...I know it sounds old fashioned, but you'll get a lot better cut because you are FORCED to go slower and take your time. also, ONE bad move with powered ones can ruin the bush. With it being so fragile as to the shape, take it slow and easy. Now I know some people could probably shape these no problem with a stihl (cough cough....Hedgemaster..) but for a first timer, start with the basics...
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Can those even be taken down to the size of soccer balls without killing them?
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Can those even be taken down to the size of soccer balls without killing them?
Doubtful. Well, I doubt they'd "die", but there wouldn't be much, if any green left on them.

Looks like junipers. After having been left to grow to that size, I don't see "soccer balls" happening.
What people "want" and what they can have are often not the same thing.


Shape them up, but I don't see them being made that small. You could always try one that's not as noticeable first.
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The days of these being reduced to soccer ball size are long gone...Don't even try it.....You and the property owner will not be very happy, all the growth on these is on the outside and you will be left with nothing if you cut them back that far...Shape them and move on...Just sayin..
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They only need to be trimmed. They have good shape already. I think if you just trim them the owner will be happy. They will look good.
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I would shape them the best I could, without taking so much off as to kill the shrub. Tell her that you cannot take them down as much as she wants in one visit, as they will probibly die. Tell her when they 'flush out' again, you will cut them somemore. It will take 3 or 4 visits to get them to the size she wants. I do agree that unless you have a lot of experience with hedge trimmers you should use shears. It is a lot slower but you have so much more control over how much you cut and the shpae you get. Good luck
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Wow thanks for all the advice guys. I was thinking the same thing about them not being able to be made that small. She said that she was ok with them being browned from lack of greenage but i'm not gonna take them back that far. She also said i can remove a few to open them up more but i'll make those decisions as i go. There are a few of these junipers through out so i'll definitly start on the hidden ones until i get a good flow going.

I was trying to figure out the best tool to use too. I Spent like a $1,000 on two new trimmers this year and go figure i can't use them on these. I'm down for trying the old fashioned shear idea(can someone recommend a good pair of shears, i have one but its kinda old and sucks)but i was maybe thinking of going with a very small trimmer maybe a battery powered one from lowes or home depot. I know they might be ****ty but has anyone ever bought one of these and if so what would you recommend?

Thanks again! i'll post pictures of this job as i go.
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Some before and afters of work i did yesterday there. Tips and pointers along with any critisizem (sp) would be greatly appreciated. good or bad.

On the last set i just tried to follow the contours of the junipers that were already established. Didn't really know what the hell to do with it.
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by cutting the bush back that much wouldn't kill anything. All the growth is on the outside of the shrub. So, next year wouldn't it fill in? It just may not look good for a year or so...
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