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Old 01-19-2010, 09:14 AM
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Cutting back Liriope?

Is there a best time to cut Liriope? I know it needs to be cut back before spring growth. I see it cut back to the ground in fall with a weedeater, however the LCO I worked for yrs ago always cut it back by hand in Jan. or Feb. Opinions on which way is better? I personally don't like the way the weedeater cuts it, it looks jagged and uneven.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:05 AM
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Doesnt really matter when. Depends on how good it looks. The winter interest is the berries....but if the plant is looking terrible...cut it. Other wise in spring.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:03 AM
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Prune it anytime. Spring is best though. There are many ways to cut it back. If the customer is willing to pay for it; hand prune ti with scissors... yes, kitchen or utility scissors. It's kinda time consuming though. A pushmower with a bagger then a weedeater box out is also acceptable if the job warrants it.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:47 AM
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we do it in early spring, we use hand shears , one guy holds it up in a bundle, the other cuts it clean and repeat.
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Old 01-19-2010, 12:09 PM
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We hand trim it. Fall or spring is fine.
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Old 01-19-2010, 12:33 PM
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Thanks guys, that helps. We used to use the two man way with hand shears when applicable. I still like doing it by hand. Its more time, but looks better than chopping with machines.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:02 PM
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here in eastern north carolina I do it in feburary. we either trim with the weedeater or mow it down with a mower and trim up edges with weedeater.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:09 PM
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We cut ours back in late Feb. Right before the shoots start to sprout. The plants leaves are important in the winter for making sugar for the upcoming year.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:02 PM
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I have never seen them cut back here in Az although I would like to, ours get lots of burnt tips because of high Ph. How long does it take for them to recover?
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:40 PM
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i've wondered this before as well, apparently it doesn't REALLY matter but spring is usually best, i'm sure as you know since it's kind of a general rule of thumb...i had a master gardener tell me to raise the mower to as high as it can go with a bag on it and simply mow it...we will touch up the rest with a weedeater...i like this style because it's a nice clean cut...that's my .02 cents, hopefully it's correct ha...
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