When calculating how much it is to cut a hedge, it’s essential to remember that there are quite a few things that can affect the price, and as a result, there is no universal price for cutting hedges. As tree professionals, we assess these considerations autonomously, but we appreciate that these factors may not always be visible. To give you an insight into our pricing process and a rough idea of the costs involved, we have listed some considerations below.
How big is the hedge you require cutting?
The most obvious and vital factor to consider when calculating the hedge cutting cost is the size of the hedge. A large hedge has a more significant surface area to trim and more material to dispose of, which will take more time and increase the price. If your hedge is gigantic, we may also need to use a rope and harness or even a cherry picker (MEWP) to safely access it, all of which will involve added costs.
Where is your hedge located, and is it easy to access?
Secondly, the location of your hedge is also a crucial consideration as, quite often, obstructions make the job more tricky. Common obstacles we have to tackle are garden ornaments, ponds, sheds and greenhouses, all of which will need to be moved or avoided and slow the process down. Likewise, if there are pinch points, slopes, tight corners or narrow access, this tends to make projects longer as it will take more time to get the debris out. Equally, if your hedge is in the rear garden, the trimmings will have further to travel, which will take longer and increase the job’s price.
So how much is it to have a hedge cut?
As previously indicated, there is no average price for cutting hedges, so each hedge will need to be priced individually. To give you a rough idea, we generally charge our hedge trimming service at £90 (+VAT) per hour for a two-person team. If we require climbing equipment, then it will cost roughly £120 (+VAT) per hour. Finally, if we need to use a MEWP (cherry picker), there will be an additional cost of around £350 (+VAT)
Could I not just cut the hedge myself?
If your hedge is relatively small, you could always attempt to cut the hedging yourself, but you will find it very difficult to reach the standard of finish achieved by our skilled arborists. When it comes to larger hedges, this is, without doubt, something you should leave to trained professionals. County Tree Care’s surgeons have all the equipment and knowledge needed to safely and efficiently tackle the most significant hedges.