How long to trim a hedge

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by mikestr, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. mikestr

    mikestr LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 87

    I am looking at trimming a 50' by 3' by 7' tall hedge. How long would it take with a power hedger? I am thinkin' 2-3 hours? Your thoughts?
  2. 0money

    0money LawnSite Member
    from Around
    Messages: 62

    1 to 1.5 hours with clean up.
  3. LightningLawns

    LightningLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    30 minutes, after you trim the hedge mulch the leaves up with the lawn mower and the blow the excess under the hedge. 10mins/side
  4. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    I have done that very hedge specification twice. Took about 45mins-1 hour. And I bagged the bulk of the clippings, and blew the little piddly stuff back under the hedge.

  5. mikestr

    mikestr LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 87

    Well, I certainly over estimated. It is my first that large in a while, so I am VERY safe with a 2 hour estimate.
  6. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 854

    How big a trimmer are you going to use? 18" to a 40". Where are they located? Do you have to carry your cleanup/clippings far to load them? If you provide more details we can better help you.
  7. mikestr

    mikestr LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 87

    30" trimmer. The hedge runs along the driveway, so I would not have to carry them more than 6 feet away.
  8. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,009

    With just a 30" hedge trimmer,I would stick with your time,2-3 hours.That is,if it's 7 feet tall.You're going to be using a ladder and moving it a good bit.Also,don't know how much overgrowth there is.Will you be cutting alot or just trimming it slightly?
    Now,if you go buy an extended,articulating head hedge trimmer,this will greatly reduce your time.You can climb the ladder and trim a huge swath of the hedge from one place.Move it down,trim some more.Then,from the ground,you can trim
    the sides from 7 feet,down to a managable area that you can use the 30" trimmer.Take a spring tine rake to go across the hedge after trimming.This will allow the cut stems and leaves to fall into the hedge rather than letting them sit on top,where they will be noticeable after they dry up.Rake the side clippings up and bag them to remove.If the customer happens to be home when you're working,the last thing they want to see is you mulching the clippings and blowing them back under the hedge.They're paying for a quality job and expect more than that.(at least in my opinion,but each has his own opinion on quality)
  9. mikestr

    mikestr LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 87

    Nick, you make some very good points. This will be a major trim. An old lady owned the house before and did nothing to maintain it. I will certainly look into the articulating head trimmer to save me 1000 steps on my ladder. Thanks for your opinion and time!

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