It was too windy to do leaf cleanups today so I did an ivy trimming job for a new customer instead. I looked at the job Sunday and they're going back to France Friday so they were in a bit of a rush to get it done. I told them I was pretty booked with cleanups but if for some reason I couldn't do leaves I'd try to sneak it in. Works better for me too as far as getting paid. This is my 9th season and somehow I never ran across a job like this. They pretty much have an ivy border on both sides of their house growing on an arbor and lattice. I didn't take pics of the other side. Never having done this before it was a little bit of a learning experience but I pretty much just treated it as a hedge and sheared it. I mostly used my Shindaiwa extended trimmers but also used a battery powered Black and Decker unit (good for one handed use) and the multi-tool trimmer for my Shindaiwa power head. It's a good bit longer than the dedicated extended trimmer. The biggest challenge was doing the top interior portions of the arbor. I did part of that sitting up on the roof. The arbor is pretty old and I didn't trust it to hold my weight. I did clean up a bit more after these pics but I was losing daylight so went ahead and snapped the final pic after I did the rough cleanup. My customer was very happy with the job and my quick response, so they even gave me a 15 percent tip So did I do O.K. for a beginner at this? P.S. - I did leave a bit more texture at first but they asked me to cut it closer, so I did. And that little bald spot on the top right of the arbor was on purpose to try to get it's shape back. The previous cut wasn't hard enough there so it had an unsightly buldge.