I don't do much bush trimming, perhaps only about 50-60 hours per season. One customer has had us trim his large hemlocks every other year. Each year, I wonder if there is a better way. Below I have pics of the project of yesterday. The house is a small home, with the plantings being very old. The primary difficulty is in trimming four Canadian Hemlock. Yes, they are old, way beyond their life, but that is what they have. Don't bother about suggesting to replace or take out -- our job was to trim them. I know some object to shearing, but that is the only choice for these bushes. There are four of them, front right corner, along the right side, right rear corner, and front left. I have a Stihl HS80 24" trimmer, and a Stihl FS85, with a 22" hedge clipper attachment (0 degree model). Most of the work on the hemlock was done with the FS85, having the long reach. I have three ladders, a 6 ft step, an 8 ft step, and a 12 ft step (homemade 20 years ago). It is very stable, but very heavy to move and transport. The problem is reaching all of the top areas of the hemlock. Other plant materials, such as yew hedges, bayberry bushes, etc were trimmed too, but my focus here is on the large hemlock. I am looking for suggestions to make the task easier and faster. It was a hot day yesterday, and this job was a huge energy sink with the handling of the long-shafted trimmer and handling the ladders. Don't bother to make suggestions about the plantings. Here is a sampling of images I took. I have many more, so if something is unclear, ask and I can upload others. Thanks.