Hedge trimming

Hedge Trimming Service

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We are a tree service company and we offer hedge trimming services to our residential clients in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam and the Lower mainland area.

Encourages healthier, thicker and more symmetrical growth. Increase your property value. Create a visually pleasant environment where you feel good.

  • Licensed and insured

  • Permit

  • Professional experience

  • Professional tools

  • Safety standards

  • Clean up process

George posing in front of the hedges
View from a clients property while trimming

Why Choose Us


We treat your property as our own

Good Communication

We respect and value your time

Clean Up

We thoroughly clean up after the job

Overall Aesthetics

We create nicer spaces


We give you a fair estimate

Arborist Standards

We follow professional standards

Our Vision

To create a balanced environment between people, properties and trees

Our MIssion

To create safe and pleasant spaces by caring for trees

Our Core Values

Safety, environment, balance and strong work ethic

Hedges are awesome

They are pretty, create privacy and give food and shelter to birds. But they require a lot of maintenance. Hedge trimming, hedge pruning, watering, fertilizing and other difficult and time-consuming tasks.

Why have a hedge in the first place

People usually install hedges to increase their privacy, reduce the wind, create fences or define the space.

Do you want to create a new hedge? Consider the desired mature height and size of your hedge to avoid trimming costs. Consider your geographic location and choose a plant that will thrive in your climate. Consider the plan for your overall landscape. What are you trying to create?

What is hedge trimming?

It is the process of removing dead and overgrown stems, roots and branches on hedges. 

Company truck with a wood chipper

Why should you trim your hedges?

Trimming encourages healthier, thicker and more symmetrical growth of your plants. Trimming increases the overall health of your plants.

Trimmed hedges increase the curb appeal and value of your home. Trimming beautifies your space and compliments other landscaping features.

It allows for more sunlight, better airflow and water delivery which prevents diseases and keeps your plant in good condition.

It removes dead and diseased wood and improves leaf and flower growth.

Trimming also prevents the plant to take all the resources in the area.

Routine trimming is the best way to avoid all the possible problems with your hedges.

Should I hire an arborist for my hedge trimming?

Consider hiring an arborist at all times as he can offer strategic, knowledgeable and experienced insight. 

You would be able to trim smaller hedges, you could hire a landscaping company for hedges up to 5 meters but for anything above, a tree service company will be the best solution.

Hedge trimming service cost

It can be anywhere between $60 – $100 per hour ($35 – $125 being the price extremes) or $50 – $1500 per project.

The cost depends on multiple factors:

  • Size of the hedge
  • Height of the hedge
  • Length of the hedge
  • Overall state of the hedge
  • Hedge species
  • Square meters of hedge face being trimmed
  • Access to the hedge
  • Closeness to power lines, buildings and other objects
  • Do you need to cut off the top of the hedge
  • How much of the top do you want to cut off
  • Is debris packing and removal necessary and is it a separate cost
  • Is there a need to use ladders

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Eliminate the threat of human harm or property damage. Increase your property value. Create a visually pleasant environment where you feel good.

When is the best time to trim your hedges?

General advice is to trim in winter but do specific research on your hedge species and plan accordingly.

When to trim flowering hedges. 

This really depends on the hedge species and the look we are trying to achieve. 

Flowering hedges should be trimmed right after they’re done flowering.

Beautyberry, crape myrtle, gardenia, mimosa or nandina should be trimmed in late winter before the spring growth.

On the other hand, Azaleas, clematis, Branford pear or dogwoods should be trimmed after flowering if the flower buds were produced on the last years’ growth. 

When to trim non-flowering hedges.

It is always good to Google your hedge species or consult with a professional arborist service before making any drastic actions.

Spring and mid-summer are best for trims that only involve shaping the hedge.

DIY trimming

Do you need to trim a small hedge? You’d probably be able to do that by yourself. And here are a few tips to help you succeed.

Look up your specific hedge species to know what and how to do it.

Have a visual plan for your overall landscape and understand how your hedge fits into it.

Sharpen your tools and lubricate your tools.

Prepare and use your safety gear (steel toe boots, hard hat, goggles, gloves and clothing preventing cuts).

Pick a dry, sunny and mild-cold day. This will reduce the risk of infection or disease.

Water the hedges well 2-3 days before the trimming.

Trimm in the evening so the hedge will not be exposed to the midday heat.

Lay down your tarp to capture as many trimmings as possible.

Start at the bottom of the hedge and slowly work your way up. Cut at an angle to have the base wider so it can capture sunlight and rainwater. Trim the top of the hedges on the slope in the steps or follow the gradient of the slopes.

Remove dead and diseases branches first. Then branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other. Remove
branches that are growing back toward the center of the tree. Don’t push the trimmer too hard. Have a relaxed and steady pace. Don’t cut too deep. Use scythe movements.

Roll up the tarp, clean your tools and you’re done.

Remember, For any serious hedge trimming job, always call a professional to prevent a personal injury or property damage.

What tools should you use?

Pruning shears or clippers: Best for branches between ¼ – ½ inches.

Lopping shears: For branches up to 1.5 inches.

Pruning saw: For most little branches. Cut with a pulling motion for safety.

Pole pruners: To reach those high-up branches.

Hedge shears: Best for shaping the hedge.

Top of the hedge tips

Remove the thickest branches first.

To prevent the accumulation of snow and ice, trim your hedges in a rounded shape.

Evergreens with broad leaves do not require much trimming. Aim to do little but often.

Laurel or cedar hedges should be trimmed more frequently but only on their.

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