How to trim this hedge row??

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by anothertractor, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. anothertractor

    anothertractor LawnSite Member
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    I am going to try to post a picture of a property that I am working on. It has a row of Leland cypress trees planted about 20 inches from the edge of the driveway. The trees are now 25 feet or taller. The branches are over the driveway by about 3 feet. The owner wants to trim them back but not so much that it shows all of the trunk, etc. Can I trim this with a hedge trimmer or is there a better system? He wants to carve out about 8 feet high by about 1.5 feet into the trees to kind of make a tunnel effect. Any advice would be appreciated.

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  2. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
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    what hedge row? all i see are leyland cypress's. if that is what your triming, your in for it. i would recommend replanting for sure
     
  3. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
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    those are trees not hedges, if you cut them back like he wants the chances of it ever being green in the cut area is pretty slim

    Good luck!
     
  4. anothertractor

    anothertractor LawnSite Member
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    My first suggestion was to get them removed and plant something more suitable for this area that would provide a screen. He only has about 6 feet from the driveway to the property line. If I can convince him, what would you recommend planting that would get about 8 feet tall and provide a screen?
     
  5. Lawn Sharks

    Lawn Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
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    Arborvitae. It grows slowly so you need to get big ones to start. It grows higher than 8 feet though but you can always make money trimming the tops of it for him for the rest of your life. Will make a nice dense hedge.
     
  6. anothertractor

    anothertractor LawnSite Member
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    I estimated 30 minutes per tree to trim and clean up. Do you think that I allowed enough time?
     
  7. RobH

    RobH LawnSite Member
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    Hey Anothertrackor,

    Can you post a pic of that when you are all done? They look like they are really tall. You will need a very tall ladder to get up to reach the tops, unless you end up topping them, which I think is what you said in original post.

    You may want to get a trimmer attachment for the end of your weed eater which will make a job like that go a lot faster. Redmax makes an attachment, but it isn't cheap at all. It does do a great job. I know Echo as well as other brands make something similar.
     
  8. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
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    I feel that i would recommend a replanting. its just the wrong plant in the wrong place. if you think you can do it go ahead.
     
  9. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
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    topping them will just kill the trees in the long run. i dont know where the idea if topping trees came from but it isnt very professional or smart. it just plain makes you look bad.
     
  10. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    It looks bad but you most assuredly can top leylandi Cypress trees ,you can also do as the client wants if your carefull not to cut all the way back to the trunk.
    I would use a chainsaw pole pruner start from the bottom and do one or two at a time.Then go back with lops to do clean-up cuts.
    Make sure the guy is home and show him and ask him after you do the first tree if this is what he wants.Keep the saw blade clean.
    And wear long sleeves,eye protection and gloves or you will be a sorry sob.Cutting wont hurt them as long as you only take off as much as you say your going to.
    Inform your client that this will deform his trees and you will in no way be liable for the tree's in writing.
    They are gonna look funny but hey he's the one spending the money.I woulden't touch it for any less than $1000.00
     

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