Hedge Trimming (when?)

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by jbell36, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
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    when do you guys trim hedges/perennial bushes? i was talking to a lady at the greenhouse and she said that trimming going into winter is questionable because we don't know how cold of a winter we are going to get...do most of you trim early spring before they bud?
     
  2. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    On my full service accounts they get done three times a year: late March- early April, mid June and mid September. Most other customers want them done in the spring and early summer, but I will do them pretty much when ever they want. If I think it is best not to trim at the time, I will try to advise them of a better time.
     
  3. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have customers who want it for two i think that is fine i do bushes/trees not the tall ones that you use a pole pruner but with hedger and my 6' ladder my 24'' trimmer is fine and the ladder 6'' works great for all types.A trim usually in early/mid summer and one in sept around fall,i dont do it early since the growth wait till pretty much that is done.i have a guy who does pruning for the tall stuff like bradford pears and trimming parkway trees that i refer for them if they would like he is a echo pole saw.
     
  4. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
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    It depends on the plant. There is no such thing as a perennial bush. There are perennials and there are shrubs. You need to know the difference before you begin to prune. For instance lilacs should be pruned after they bloom.
     
  5. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
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    :confused:
     
  6. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Sorry Has?
     
  7. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
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    1-3 times a year depending on the shrub and the customer
     
  8. Leo the Landscaper

    Leo the Landscaper LawnSite Member
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    There are such things as perennial bushes. In fact most plants considered a bush are perennials. Trees are perennials.

    There are optimal times for pruning certain plants. I cant list them all here but you should know what you are pruning first then research the plant and determine the best time to prune. A general rule: Bushes that bloom in spring, before June, should be pruned after they flower as flowers bud are present in late summer/fall. Bushes that bloom after June 1 can be pruned in spring before flush.

    Your original question regarding pruning late is a valid concern. Often you can get freeze damage on the ends of recently trimmed branches, if trimmed too late and cold weather sets in.
     
  9. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
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  10. Leo the Landscaper

    Leo the Landscaper LawnSite Member
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