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Question about trimming shrubs

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by dave k, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,178

    After you trim shrubs and than the new growth comes back in a vengeance, How soon afterword's do you re trim them, do you wait for the new growth to season or what are your take on this.

    I have over 150 shrubs around my home and its quite a chore to keep up, I think next spring it will be Growth Regulator time!
    I hate trimming!
    Thanks for your help.
  2. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 721

    I try to trim them again before new growth gets too long. They are quicker to clip and less mess to clean up.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    it all depends on the customer. around my house i like to trim before they get out of hand
  4. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,746

    It will depend on what type or species of the shrubbery you are trimming. Some can withstand multiple trimmings as they grow back quickly...Barberry,Abelia,lobelia,nandina,certain types of hollies,compactas yaupons,Elyagnus, to name a few. Some require trimming only after they are through blooming. If trimmed severely again, next season's blooms are compromised.
    You can do to your shrubbery as you wish, as the customers property needs to be understood as to what they have growing. Some of our customers have 3 level landscapes. Each level has to be trimmed in a sequence to keep them growing without damaging blooms.
  5. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    Look into pgr's like cutless.
  6. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,178

    Most of mine is are Indian Hawthorne and a holly type shrub.
  7. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,896

    Trim your shrubs at the time of year where you will not get a lot of re-growth for that particular species.
  8. diamondedgeoutdoor

    diamondedgeoutdoor LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    just hook one end of a chain or cable to the bushes and the other end to your truck drive forwards, back up and repeat. that will reduce the growth tremendously......hahaha
  9. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,599

    I keep the shrubs at our house trimmed about once a month. Some people only like to do them about twice maybe three times a season though.

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