Originally Posted by M & MD Lawn
So it holds them to pull it out the bush and what just open it back up and releases? I ve never seen anything like them....Im interested...we have a ton at my house and my clients have some but I shy away from those battles.
Yeah, that the promise... Here is a video of a similar product http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9bYy0DpywI
I pride myself as being a pruning specialist of some sort, so I take any job that's willing to pay my rate and specialty pruning costs more than sheering a hedge for the customer--its normal for me to sell $400+ renewal pruning jobs during the winter to new customers. Usually we renewal prune knock outs every year, some varieties are pruned several times per year--either way, we prune all types heavily late winter unless they are a trellised or trailing variety--those are still pruned but not in the same way.
Attached is a photo of some of the roses we renewal pruned to 12-18'' 2/15/12, photo taken 4/12/12. Good results are given by pruning knockout 2-3 times per year. There is a good market and demand for rose pruning. If I had to guess, we completed around 120 man hours of rose pruning this year and expect more next year. I do rose pruning from $75-85/hr for 2 men. We wait until buds are swollen in February, then cut above them. Sometimes its not visible, so you have to rely on dormant buds to break and there can be risks.