The Proper Cut on Shrubs & Bushes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sheppard, May 28, 2001.

  1. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 542

    Evening Everyone, I'm starting out in this business. Plan on buying an existing business with 65 accounts. Question: can some of you give me a run down on the time, manner (and type of bushes) and any other helpful bit of info. regarding cutting shrubs and bushes? Is there a resource (book) that you would recommend that I should read? What does everyone think of Lawncare for Dummies & Landscaping for Dummies? Is it worth buying? Or is it a library item?

  2. Atlantic Lawn

    Atlantic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Outer Banks NC
    Posts: 939

    Try using the search feature, lotsa' real good info there, read plenty of posts and keep askin' questions....good luck
  3. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    Prune flowering specimens after they have blossomed.

    Cut evergreens back so that you are only taking off the new growth.

    Cut back most shrubs and hedges to their existing shape, and make structural changes by cutting at the laterals(crotches).
  4. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,232

    Also, try the landscaping forum. ;) Gobs of info there!
  5. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Let me add, tell the customer up front what the cost will be and don't underestimate. I took a beating last week doing a spur of the moment job and then the bi$#$% refused to pay my fee.
  6. Russ

    Russ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 539

    "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants" by Michael A. Dirr is the bible of the industry.

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