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Old 10-27-2014, 08:04 PM
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Not just frost... snow showers on Saturday. I had frost today and Sunday down here.
We might see the grass white Sunday morning.
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:55 PM
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I trim burning bushes as the last task of the season, usually mid-December. I have done the work in January, if I did not get it done in December. I just look for a good work day, or two, or three.

Yes, I shear. One job has 52 of them, all separate. One row has 48 of them, about 8 ft center-to-center. Sorry, I am not of enough patience to do these by hand. The bushes are about five feet high when done. Most of them need about 18" taken offf, the season's growth. They are bulb-shaped, with about three feet between the finished bush.

I also have a hedge, about five feet high, three feet across, and about 70 feet long. I take off about a foot each year.

I have a few others, but they are much simpler.

All of these have been trimmed this way for many years. In Spring, they come out very full.

I use a 22" hedge trimmer attachment on my Stihl stick edger power head. For the 52, all can be done from the ground. They are planted on a raised bed, so a typical hedge trimmer cannot reach the tops, apart from a ladder. Using the attachment/power head (59" shaft), saves much time. On the row of 48, I can do the trim and cleanup, haul debris to a compost pile, at about 8 bushes per hour.

For the hedge, the sides all can be done from the ground, but the top needs to be done off a ladder. Other trim jobs are large bushes, and require a ladder. I use an 8ft orchard ladder -- big improvement over a typical four-legged step ladder.

My technique may not be industry approved. But, these bushes have all been done this way for many years (10-12?), and look very full in the Spring and Summer. But, burning bushes grow so fast, they need signficant trimming every year, or they get out of hand quickly.
Not sure how I missed this when you posted.

I also use my hedge trimmers on mine. Been shaping them that way for probably ten years. I keep mine round - like a ball. The base/trunk keeps getting thicker, but I keep them cut to prevent them from getting large.
Never had an issue, but like I said, I cut mine in the spring and once more during the summer.

So you cut them when the leaves have fallen off? Interesting.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:07 PM
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Yes, ... when leaves have dropped.

Here are two shots of the long row of burningbushes I mentioned above. One shot is backward to those finished, the other looking forward to those yet to be trimmed.

This work was done on Nov 27, 2013, after some snow the day before (may have been Thanksgiving Day,... not sure). With snow and ice on the ground I was able to trim these bushes, rather than do leaf cleanup.
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:47 PM
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