Cutting back Liriope?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by hef37087, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. hef37087

    hef37087 LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  2. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
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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.
     
  3. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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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.
     
  4. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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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.
     
  5. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We hand trim it. Fall or spring is fine.
     
  6. hef37087

    hef37087 LawnSite Member
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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.
     
  7. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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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.
     
  8. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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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.
     
  9. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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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?
     
  10. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
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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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