Shrub trimming clean up?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Green Acres Lawn CAre, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Can you tell me how you might go about correcting this(too woody or hollow) without yanking out the shrub row?

    How do define infrequent and do you consider that improper vs. (frequent)?
     
  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    you know...most famous gardens trim there shrubs every week or two depending on the season...there plants last forever..it is just a matter of doing it correctly with fert and fungal/insect control. It has a price to do it right, but you can trim every two weeks if you keep a close eye on things..or only twice a year like me and use a PGR...that works great
     
  3. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sometimes with a PGR you get better, more compact growth too, without having to make little green meatballs & lollipops!

    What product do you use and at what rate and frequency? What kind of results are you getting and are they consistant year round?
     
  4. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I believe it is Embark or something like that????. I bought it off a friend of mine who does this all the time..and i think thats what he said...i liked it. I trim the bushes/shrubs back and follow the label mix rate and just soak the plants. You can t do it when it is too hot or you will certainly get some serious yellowing, but that will fade with a dose of 10 10 10, but not too much. The product allows the plant to become bushier without any branches to have rapid growth out so i primarily use it for my hedge rows and it does an amazing job thickening them up. IT is a HUGE time saver and last for most of the season but about september, its time for another trim and treatment. Lighter in the fall tho b/c there wont be as much growth. Hope that helps....and you have to excuse me...but...little green meatballs and lollipops? Maybe its b/c im tired but i dont get it
     
  5. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Actually..i think its atrimmic *spelling* i will have to look but i believe the embark was more for turf and i never spray my turf..i want mow it so i can make the money!
     
  6. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
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    "little green meatballs & lollipops"

    That's what can result in the overshearing & overpruning of shrub material in a typical formal landscape. Think about it.
     
  7. greydog4u2

    greydog4u2 LawnSite Member
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    Nice one!!
     
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Atrimmec is a must. Its caution labeled and meant for shrubs and hedges. It is a must on topiaries (meatballs, lollipops, swizzle sticks, flamfoozles and watoozzies). Good point to show you can do much more with LLCM and BMP certs.
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  9. What about fiddle faddles?
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  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Reminds me to pick some up for tomorrow.
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