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ArenaLandscaping
08-11-2011, 04:23 PM
Now thats what a highly manicured property should look like. Very Impressive!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktortkua04E&NR=1

Patriot Services
08-11-2011, 06:13 PM
Thats not far from where I grew up. The guy seems pretty proud of himself. I didn't notice any Japanese Maples though.:usflag:

HenryB
08-11-2011, 06:23 PM
While his trimming is not excactly horticulturally sound the man is talented. I'd bet 99% of the people on this site could not trim as symetrically and tight as this guy.

Patriot Services
08-11-2011, 06:37 PM
He's all ready for a job at Disney then.:usflag:

dboyd351
08-11-2011, 08:37 PM
Somebody does need to tell the dude about the mulch volcanos.

Mark Oomkes
08-11-2011, 09:01 PM
Just goes to show, just because someone has money doesn't mean they have taste.

Why didn't he shear the blue spruce?

The best thing that could happen to those landscapes is a chain, skidsteer and a chipper.

Mark Oomkes
08-11-2011, 09:02 PM
Somebody does need to tell the dude about the mulch volcanos.

I'm sure in Ray's opinion this is perfectly acceptable landscaping.

ArenaLandscaping
08-12-2011, 05:19 AM
Thats not far from where I grew up. The guy seems pretty proud of himself. I didn't notice any Japanese Maples though.:usflag:

I think there are 2 Japanese Maples. Look on the the video one is near the old guy with the power washer.

dboyd351
08-12-2011, 07:21 AM
Just goes to show, just because someone has money doesn't mean they have taste.

Why didn't he shear the blue spruce?

The best thing that could happen to those landscapes is a chain, skidsteer and a chipper.

Got that right! Who in their right mind wants all their trees/bushes to look like poodles that just got back from the beauty parlor?:confused:

Mark Oomkes
08-12-2011, 08:39 AM
And what I find interesting is that while the shrubs are "highly" manicured (butchered) the turf looks like crap.

Wayne 55
08-12-2011, 10:47 AM
These homes are right down the road from where I live. You should see the yards LOL! I think the owners are Barnum and Baily and the two idjuts who did the pruning are Bippo and Dippo the clowns from that circus. We see this a lot up here and for the life of me can not justify why this sort of work is done. Homeowners for the most make those decisions we all know. But as a professional we all should inform them on the Proper ways of pruning specific species of plantings.

dboyd351
08-12-2011, 10:55 AM
And what I find interesting is that while the shrubs are "highly" manicured (butchered) the turf looks like crap.

Well, at least that kind of matches the manicured shrubs. :laugh:

mdlwn1
08-12-2011, 11:39 AM
Knock it all you want, 90% or more of the homes out there aren't maintained in a sustainable manner and well, lets face it this one is.

ArenaLandscaping
08-12-2011, 03:42 PM
These homes are right down the road from where I live. You should see the yards LOL! I think the owners are Barnum and Baily and the two idjuts who did the pruning are Bippo and Dippo the clowns from that circus. We see this a lot up here and for the life of me can not justify why this sort of work is done. Homeowners for the most make those decisions we all know. But as a professional we all should inform them on the Proper ways of pruning specific species of plantings.

You live close to those homes? Make sure you stop in and tell Bippo and Dippo what you think about there work.

Patriot Services
08-12-2011, 05:24 PM
You can try to educate some customers but most will just find somebody else to give them what they want. Wagging a self righteous horticultural correct finger will just lose you money. In my book the customer is always right even when they are wrong. Some of you guys are getting a little dramatic over this issue. :usflag:

White Gardens
08-12-2011, 07:17 PM
This is the guy you want to talk to.

http://talesfromthelaboratory.typepad.com/tales_from_the_microbial_/2007/05/pearl_fryars_to.html

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ArenaLandscaping
08-12-2011, 07:49 PM
This is the guy you want to talk to.

http://talesfromthelaboratory.typepad.com/tales_from_the_microbial_/2007/05/pearl_fryars_to.html

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Thanks for the link. That guy is amazing, a garden like that made with unwanted plants, no fertilizer, or pesticides!! I am impressed with his topiary garden!

White Gardens
08-12-2011, 07:53 PM
There was a PBS special I watched on him I think. If I find the link I'll post it.

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White Gardens
08-12-2011, 08:04 PM
http://www.pearlfryar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=9&Itemid=6

http://www.amazon.com/Man-Named-Pearl-Fryar/dp/B001CQS7LU

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ArenaLandscaping
08-12-2011, 08:11 PM
http://www.pearlfryar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=9&Itemid=6

http://www.amazon.com/Man-Named-Pearl-Fryar/dp/B001CQS7LU

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Thanks!!! Makes me want to run outside and trim something!!!

Patriot Services
08-12-2011, 08:25 PM
Thanks!!! Makes me want to run outside and trim something!!!

As if you didn't trim enough this past week?:usflag:

ochosdaddy
08-13-2011, 10:10 PM
Looks gross to me. The volcanoes are just icing on the cake. I didn't even notice the condition of the lawn...I was distracted. ;););)

Cloud9Landscapes
08-14-2011, 02:55 AM
There are some nice examples of proper pruning around the house. I would lose the ficus's and use less junipers. Also, they need to add some more color to the back, all that conifer makes it dark and gloomy like a cemetery.

The ponds look seriously tacky and I prefer the landscape to flow a little better than that does.

dboyd351
08-14-2011, 09:48 AM
I like the disclaimer under the video:
"Do not try this at home. They are the professionals":)

XLS
08-14-2011, 12:02 PM
it looked like crap. the house lost so much property value ....it would cost 100k to get the goofy over planted,miss placed crap removed.

i wish we had more of the higher end homes with full landscapes like that though
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Mark Oomkes
08-16-2011, 01:13 PM
Looks gross to me. The volcanoes are just icing on the cake. I didn't even notice the condition of the lawn...I was distracted. ;););)

I was attempting to find something redeeming in the video.

I failed.

MDLawn
08-16-2011, 02:07 PM
I too grew up in that area and still live close by. I am no horticulturalist by any means but tried to learn as much as I could about trimming and such and like others said some of those should not have been trimmed that way. For those that are highly horticultural would you say that since the landscaping was planted in the late 80's this could be the root cause for all the cylinders, balls, pyraminds, ect... Wasn't that what people were into back then? I can honestly say that most companies I see fire up the gas trimmers and go to town, even the larger ones. Not saying it's right at all but that it happens a lot.

I also agree that some people want stuff trimmed that way, what do you do, stand on your soap box, preach, and lose money or just try to point them in the right direction and give in here and there?

I would love to take some horticultural classes just to see what the people I have worked for and maybe even what I have done wrong and then correct these practices, or at least get a good pruning book.

ArenaLandscaping
08-16-2011, 02:13 PM
I was attempting to find something redeeming in the video.

I failed.

Here is your favorite video. "Make sure you follow the rules of the game". She is your twin, minus the badge and the whistle!!

Her statement is incorrect!!

I will be taking pictures of shrubs that I have been trimming tightly for years that have new growth on the insides of the branches.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gWfHpKoLCM&feature=player_detailpage