We have about 20M of this 'hedge' around our property, which we use as a privacy hedge. It's about 16 years old now, and some have died and others are thinning.
We haven't been very good about trimming it, it usually gets attention every couple of years on average.
It seems to have grown quite quickly since the trimming in May. The people who did it, did the best job of trimming it I've ever seen, it was lovely and straight and even.
All the videos I have found on Trimming these, they don't look even remotely similar (and actually look pretty terrible). I am trying to work out if it's the skill they had or the tools they used (I have a ryobi extended hedge trimmer).
I have never trimmed hedges before, it's not really my jam, but am thinking it might be worth having a go at taking 5-7cm off the top and not touching the sides too much.
I have been warned that actually, they could all pretty much die any time and need to be replaced and it's been recommended I switch types of hedge. They are currently a good 2.5m high, but 2M would be ideal. Most of the mature plants I see, are at most 1.5m high but are pretty expensive.
I am in Auckland.
Anyone have any thoughts or tips on trimming these particular things?