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Hedge trimming delima

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dr grass, Jul 16, 2002.

  1. dr grass

    dr grass Banned
    Posts: 242

    I have a problem with a client with some fairly large hedges. lets see..... their about 4 1/2 - 5 ft deep. pry a good 25 foot long and maybe 3 1/2 ft high. the problem is that i need to get the hedges 3-4 inches away from the house in the back. their currently rubbing against the house. now because of the depth of the hedges i can not reach the back. i thought about using 2 ladders and a pick like what is used for siding. the only problem is that on the left side of the hedges is a tree that would make that impossible. she asked me about this and i was honest and told her i was dumfounded on how to do it. but i said i would do my homework and figure out the best way to get this done for her. any input would be greatly appreciated on this, as i said im at a lost here as what i can do. i know it can be done, just gotta be creative. let me know if i need to add any additional info on this. thank you greatly.

    Shep :dizzy:
  2. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,468

    i use stihl hl75 shaft trimmer a 59" shaft and articulating blade tilted about 70 degrees
  3. Dennis E.

    Dennis E. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 349

    Extended reach trimmers with articulating cutting head.
  4. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,810

    Take 8-10 inches off.. and squeeze behind 'em.
  5. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,405

    I was trimming holly bushes today with Stihl 45. Had to get them off of the house, so I trimmed about 12 to 18 inches away from the house,squeezed in there, trimmed some more, squeeze, trim.....finally made it out. Trimming hollies really hurts the skin. Then I had a time trying to get in there to blow them out.
  6. ipm

    ipm LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 264

    If you have extended sheers they will work nice. If not work your way behind them and cut them. 3-4" you will be cutting them again, next week. I would go a little bit more. What kind of plants are they? And hey from a sales stand point. If you have her believing that it will be a hard job(charge:D )
  7. dr grass

    dr grass Banned
    Posts: 242

    thanks a million for all the input. i asked my client about maybe taking enough off so i could squeeze in there and go that route. she indicated that she only wanted about 3-4 inches taken off. but the pole trimmer with a hedge head on it sounds like a great idea! i seen those b4. i just wasnt thinking i guess ... lol i have a pole pruner with a chainsaw head on it. do you guys think that would work? if not, where could i rent a pole hedge trimmer from?
    again, thank you greatly everyone!

    Shep :blob4:
  8. ipm

    ipm LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 264

    If you can find the trunks of two plants you can squeeze through them. The branches will go back in place, just do it carefully. I was on a job one time and there were huge bed of Eleagnus probably 30 feet wide, and I just worked my through them. I would not rent a peice of equipment$$$. Regular sheers will work fine. That is my 2
  9. wxmn6

    wxmn6 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 163

    That would be impossible to trim hedge 3-4" away from the house because the hedge trimmer must be at least 8" tall and add a couple of inches for clearance from the house so the trimmer motor would not rub against the house. So the only option is to go with shaft trimmer, preferally Stihl. :D
  10. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    Start at one end squeeze thru trimming away you may get a few scratches but should be a no-brainer. Its not gonna matter what it looks like nobody can see it back there anyway. Or, if you have a real(30 in minimum) trimmer and have a real (over 6 ft with a 36 sleeve) man do the work the hedges are short enough to just reach over and walk along cutting the backs.

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