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How to Sloooow Down Holly Bushes?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Likestomow, Apr 11, 2000.

  1. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 997

    I do the lawn care for an apartment complex that has Japanese Holly bushes. They grow 12&quot;-15&quot; a week. I called the local Ag Extension Office and was told they are probably a variety that is supposed to max out at 12' - 15'. He said all they are trying to do is grow, grow, grow to achieve their designed height.<p>Well I have to trim them every week, and it's a major pain and time consumer.<p>I asked the Ag guy if Lime might do it, but he said no because they really like neutral soil, and here in Tennessee putting lime on our soil just mostly brings it closer to neutral anyway.<p>I was thinking of trying to spray Round-Up on them as an experiment, using a weak solution -- something like ½ ounce per gallon, to see if that might stunt their growth. Of course I don't want to kill them, just slow them down a bit.<p>If anyone out there has a suggestion I'd be willing to try it. <br>
     
  2. FIREMAN

    FIREMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from n.j.
    Posts: 318

    OFFER YTO CUT THEM DOWN AND REPALCE THEM WITH SOMETHING MORE LOW MAINTENANCE, THATS THRE BESYT BET IF NOT IF YOU CAN FIND GOOD INFO YOU MAY BE ABLE TO USE A GROWTH REGULATOR, I'VE READ SOME STUFF BUT HAVE NEVER TRIED THEM BEFORE.....EITHER WAYT GOOD LUCK
     
  3. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 997

    I wish I could cut them down, but that's not an option. There are too many and they won't incurr the expense.
     
  4. PLS

    PLS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    Use Atrimec growth regulator by PBI Gorden on them.
     

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