How much does hedge trimming cost?
Ashburn, VA

How much does hedge trimming cost?

Ashburn, VA

How much does hedge trimming cost?

$25 – $40cost per 10’ length (up to 6' tall)
$30 – $60cost per 10’ length (6’ – 12’ tall)
$40 – $100cost per hour

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$25 – $40 cost per 10’ length (up to 6' tall)

$30 – $60 cost per 10’ length (6’ – 12’ tall)

$40 – $100 cost per hour

Get free estimates for your project or view our cost guide below:
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Hedge trimming cost

Hedge trimming costs $185 to $450 on average for 50’ to 100’ long hedges. The cost to trim high hedges is $30 to $60 per 10’ length. Hedge trimming prices are $25 to $40 per 10’ length of standard hedges. Hedge cutting services charge $40 to $100 per hour.

Hedge trimming cost
Hedge length Short hedges (up to 6’) Tall hedges (6’ – 12’)
10’ $25 – $40 $30 – $60
25’ $60 – $100 $75 – $150
50’ $125 – $200 $150 – $300
75’ $185 – $300 $225 – $450
100’ $250 – $400 $300 – $600
150’ $375 – $600 $450 – $900
200’ $500 – $800 $600 – $1,200
250’ $625 – $1,000 $750 – $1,500

*Minimum service fees are $75 to $150.

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Hedge trimming cost calculator

The following table shows the average hedge trimming cost for hedges 50’ to 100’ long:

Average hedge trimming cost - Chart
Average hedge trimming cost - Chart
Average hedge trimming cost
National average cost $300
Minimum cost $125
Maximum cost $600
Average range $185 to $450

*Cost data is from research and project costs reported by HomeGuide members.

Professional landscaper trimming tall hedges.
Professional landscaper trimming tall hedges.

Cost factors to trim high hedges

Cost factors for hedge pricing include:

  • Size – Prices increase for greater heights and quantities of hedges. Bushes more than 6 feet tall require extra tools and equipment.

  • Plant type – Thicker branches or harder wood species are more difficult to trim. These plants require more powerful tools and time.

  • Season – Lower trimming rates are available in colder climates during winter or early spring when landscaping companies have less business.

  • Trimming vs. pruning – Reshaping overgrown hedges doubles the costs.

  • Ladder work – Taller hedges that require ladders cost at least 50% more. Limited access and challenging site conditions also raise labor rates.

  • Debris cleanup – Hauling and dumping debris costs $35 to $100 extra on average depending on the travel distance and landfill fees.

  • Service frequency – Customers on annual contracts receive discounts for ongoing services.

  • Geographic location – States with longer growing seasons need more hedge maintenance. The crew’s travel time and local prices affect trimming rates.

  • Mulch mowing – Landscapers can mulch hedge debris into the grass to avoid debris-hauling and dumping fees.

  • Maintenance packages – Lawn care companies often have discounts for combining trimming with services like lawn mowing, mulching, or flower planting.

Bush and shrub trimming

Shrub and bush trimming costs $5 to $20 per bush on average or $40 to $75 per hour. Landscapers tend to price smaller jobs by shrub quantity and larger jobs by the hour.

Hedge removal

Hedge removal costs $40 to $150 per 5’ length, depending on the shrub type, root structure, and location. Hedge root removal costs $12 to $24 per stump extra. When quoting hedge removal, companies often count 5 feet of hedges as one shrub.

Additional hedge trimming services & prices

Common services paired with hedge trimming include:

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DIY hedge trimmer prices

Hedge trimmers and tools cost $50 to $250 for small DIY jobs.

DIY hedge trimming prices
Tools Average cost
Hedge trimmer rental $30 – $60 per day
Basic hand tools $50 – $200
Hedge trimmer $50 – $250
8-foot ladder $50 – $300

Tools used in hedge trimming include:

  • Gloves

  • Hedge trimmer

  • Safety glasses

  • Tarp

  • Bypass pruners

  • Garden shears

  • Lawn rake

  • Extension pole

  • Ladder

Hedge trimming FAQs

When to trim hedges

Trim hedges throughout the growing season at 6-to-8-week intervals so that the shrubs can recover. Heavier pruning is for late spring, early fall, or winter. Avoid pruning or trimming during the hottest months of spring and summer.

How often to trim hedges

Trim hedges 2 to 3 times per year on average, but some fast-growing hedges require trimming up to 5 times per year to keep their shape. Cutting less of the plant more often improves the health of most shrub varieties.

Does trimming a hedge make it grow thicker?

Trimming a hedge makes it grow thicker by encouraging new growth. Cutting the sides of the hedge helps them grow taller, while cutting the top makes them branch outward.

How far can you trim back hedges?

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You should not trim back more than one-quarter to one-third of a hedge. Shrubs have different trimming limitations depending on their species.

  • Deciduous hedges benefit from annual rejuvenation pruning within a few inches of the ground.

  • Evergreen hedge trimming should stop before reaching the “dead zone,” or area inside the shrub without needles or leaves.

Getting hedge trimming service quotes

Before hiring a hedge trimming service near you, be sure to:

  • Ask for detailed estimates from 3 companies with at least 5 years of experience.

  • Only hire a company with a business license, insurance, and surety bonds.

  • Ask for certified arborists or those with landscaping or horticultural training.

  • Check online company reviews on Google and HomeGuide.

  • Ask for a list of references and photos of past projects.

  • Beware of low prices that signal inexperience or low quality.

  • Don’t give the total payment until the job is complete.

Questions to ask

  • Do you give free onsite estimates?

  • Are all crew members experienced, and how long have you been landscaping?

  • How do you price hedge trimming?

  • Do my hedges have diseases or pest infestations, and can you treat them?

  • Can I get discounts with an annual contract?

  • Will I need to be home during this job?

  • How much time will it take to trim my hedges?

  • Can you reshape my hedges?

  • How many people are on the crew?

  • Who supervises the crew, and how do I contact them?

  • Do you tarp or mulch clippings?

  • Are cleanup and disposal in the quote, or do they cost extra?

  • How do you handle rescheduling for bad weather?

  • Do you offer a satisfaction guarantee?

  • Can I combine trimming with other landscaping services at the same time?

  • How often will my hedges need trimming?