Originally Posted by lukemelo216
This is a very tough to try and come up with. Differnt variety of shrubs require very differnt pruning methods. I know a majority (not all but a majority) of the people on this site and a large percentage of the lawn mowers out there just get the hedge trimmers and hack all the shrubs into globes. But all the plants really require differbt pruning.
We prune shrubs to have a natural shape that us clean so the continue to flower. Shrubs get prubed once per year and the timing is dependent on the variety of the shrub. After that we will prune as needed to take down suckers, shoots, dead branches etc. Formal hedges such as juniper yew boxwood we will trim two times per year and prune as needed. With our meathid you really cant put a price on a per shrub except for maybe hedges hut we estimate our hours and price accordingly.
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Good post! One question though. Do you find that you have to educate your customers about the proper way to trim shrubs, rather than just shearing them with clippers?
Most of the shrubs I tend to have always been sheared so that's what I stick with most of the time. But for those where I have an opportunity to prune them as they should be, I find that customers are so used to the sheared hedge-like look and them being either square or round, that they don't like the way they look pruned properly, such as bottom raised up a bit, thinned out, natural shape and left with some texture. Do you find that to be the case too? And if so, how do you handle it?