Last year i reduced the height of an old established Berberis Darwinii hedge 9 metres in length and 1 metre wide for a highly valued customer as its height was restricting the view across the valley , some bits of the hedge were sparse to start with but have since revived since cutting .
The hedge is also growing back but its not growing level and a simple trim will not accomplish this and i am going to have to go back in and cut through thicker stems, The hedge is also a major focal point from the main window of the property and yesterday we discussed making the hedge as level as possible .
Initially i used my Echo hedge trimmer which cut through the hedge okay but left some branches looking butchered which was remedied by cleaning up the cuts with secateurs . however i did feel at the time that although my Echo hedge trimmer cut okay the levelling of the hedge was difficult because as i cut through it the hedge lost it's top compactness and left gappy stems making it difficult to follow a line so there were peaks and drops which looked okay initially but as its filling out it looks terrible and un professional and i really want to achieve a quality finish .
Any ideas welcome which i may have overlooked . Thanks .