Been asked to reduce the width of a 1 mtr Holly hedge by a third. No problem pricing or doing the job and I know it is going to look a bit naked and will take a few years to fill out properly, so will advise accordingly.
My question is by cutting back such a high percentage of a not so wide hedge will I find the growth starting at the side that needs cutting back actually feeds through to the neighbours side which could end up creating gaps and holes on the neighbours side.
I have seen the resulting mess when this has been done to a privet (not guilty) but the innocent party, my customer was furious with the neighbour for doing it.
Who owns the hedge and all that could come into it but the point for me is to just advise the customer if this action is likely to cause damage (minimal through to extensive) to the neighbour’s side before the job is started. The next door neighbour is also a customer so I really need to be sure as I can be of the consequences.
I have cut back wider Holly hedges by 30 cms and because of that it was never an issue.
If i'm going to do a reduction on a hedge, that might end up being a seriously bare stretch for a while, i'd probably do one side this season and the other next season. - This means the hedge isn't under quite as much stress so will grow back quickly
thanks for responding JP
jp grass roots said:
difficult one there gordon as you are doing both clients , whatever u do it will cause a problem until the growing season , sorry i couldnt be more helpful .
I think advance communication to both clients is key here Gordon - Claire alaways gives sound advice so if i were you that would be the intention that i would discuss with both sides. This should avoid you being caught up in the middle of any potential problems.