I bet this guy wants to keep his hedge trimming, but just see's an opportunity to sub the work out and still make money. Calling him out might just get him back to doing them himself, or hiring someone else. The bottom line is, don't worry about what the other guy is making. Worry about what you need to make it worth your while and leave it at that. I wouldn't be acting like this guy owes you anything because he doesn't. Some of you guys act like you never heard of sub contracting. I think $30/hr is fair considering you do not have to do anything but supply tools and labor. Once you are in the business for awhile you will learn that this guy isn't just sitting back doing nothing. I do think you need to go up to at least $45/hr for customers you have to maintain on your own. This extra $15 will cover cost to obtain job, and office work etc. that this other guy is providing for you now.