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hedge adn tree trimming

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PRECISION LC, Nov 15, 2001.


    PRECISION LC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    when should i start to trim hedges adn trees, is it too late, or too soon? If i dont get it done this fall can i wait till spring?
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I do them year round except the hottest part of the year. The stress then can be to much.
  3. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    Im not familiar with your particular climate zones but many prune trees when they go dormant during the winter months before the heavy freezes set in.

    As a general rule of thumb for us Yanks we like to shear em after April 15 and before Sept 30. I have seen many many LMOs in our area shearing late this season and wouldnt recommend it because of the harsh weather we await. Things are porobably a little less frigid down your way. ;)

  4. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    evergreens can be timmed as needed although
    around here its so dry ,i wouldnt trim or plant anything now.
    here being piedmont of nc.
    trees that are going dormant can be trimmed fairly safely
    after leaves have fallen ,as that indicates the sap is down in them. becareful of extremely cold weather,as i have had trees that the cold went in at the cuts and hurt or killed them.
    i would suggest since you are doing it for a living that u check out some material at the library . then u can really know more what u are doing.luck to you. one more thing severe cutbacks
    or pruning require the right time and conditions for best results.
  5. George777

    George777 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 305

    As for prunning plants that bloom I follow the may rule. If it blooms before May prune after bloom, set flower buds should then appear in Aug-Sept.
    If bloom after May- prune prior to bloom.

    Trees- I perfer when they go to sleep. If you get into heavy prunning in the summer you may be setting the tree up for a disease problem because of the open wound. Once a tree gets a disease it will have it for the rest of its life. If a limb is dead remove it anytime.

    Make sure you have a plan as to why you need to prun, and use the proper technique. Not all plants can handle shearing (un-natral form) of all the tech on prunning thinning is the healthest. It does require more time & experience, but it also is less stressful.

    Get a good book on prunning, learn about the plants and growth habbits in your area, and you'll be a step ahead of most companies in your area
  6. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    never heard it but i got to write that down george.
    ps ive probably heard it an forgot it several times.:D .
    aint gettin no younger. les see wheres my gincho or whatever they call it.later now
  7. George777

    George777 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 305

    awm- be careful with junipers they do not generate new growth from old wood- they have no adventitious buds beneath bark, never prun more than 1/2 the foliage.

    Pinus best when in the candle stage never prun into old wood 1/2 the candle back gives fuller canopy. (april)
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    thanks for the tip. i had really never thought about that,
    but you are right .

    PRECISION LC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    Thanks all for your advise, i hope to get some trimming done here in the next couple of weeks. i was just worried that it might be to cold.

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