Hedges are usually planted to create a barrier, if not just for beauty. In other words, they’re like a fence made of natural plant life. It’s apparent that hedges are planted to block people’s view—like a wall—to maintain privacy.

Hedges, when unkempt, can become straggly and unsightly looking. Customers will sometimes want them cut down too short to avoid this unruliness and feel like they’re getting the most for their money. However, doing this is more work and therefore, more money.

Furthermore, you not only lose privacy when you get them cut too short, but it’s also not good for the hedge.

Unlike trees, hedges can be topped, but this is merely for the light growth at the top. We have several pairs of gas-powered hedge trimmers to do your hedges, and if they have difficulty cutting the growth that grows lower, it means you’re trying to cut them too short. Certainly, some hedges are tough—like lilac—and can withstand this shorter topping, but there is still a possibility they could be shocked.

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If a customer does want a hedge cut shorter than the hedge trimmer will allow, this has to be done with a pair of lopping shears, or with a chainsaw. If done with lopping shears, each growth has to be cut individually, which takes a great deal of time—and costs more money. If done with a chainsaw, the chainsaw catches or snags on the growth. This can be a danger to the operator because the straggly growth of hedges is not like cutting through the clean, thick wood of a tree. A chainsaw will also leave your hedge with a chewed up or shredded look, with cuts that are not appropriate for the health of the hedge.

When I speak of hedge trimming, I also include bushes and shrubs; everything from arbor vidae, juniper, cypress, barberi, and burning bush to pitasporrum, variegated dogwood, and many others. We can trim these into a block shape, or a round shape, whichever you prefer. The large rectangular hedges we encounter in Montana are lilac, juniper, and caragana, as well as other varieties. We trim the sides of your hedges as well as the top, and rake it all up to dispose of them for you to give your premises a fresh, clean look.