Trimming Arbs?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by fga, Apr 19, 2004.

  1. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
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    What's up? I'm not looking for a price, rather advice. I have to price a trim job on a row of arbs, the thing is they are 17' - 22+' tall. What is the most I can trim off them at one time? Is it possible to to almost cut them in half, and put the "tree sealant" on them to heal and protect them? I live in NY, so it is still chill in there every other day. can I do it this season, or wait until late fall/winter?
  2. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have taken 14 ft ones down to 9 ft before . And they are back to 12 ft again.
  4. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    you can trim them down in half, although they'll be bare at the point you cut them for a while. Forego the pruning sealer, it's not necessary.
  5. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
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    wait until fall if possible, due to insects and dieseases may attack the arbs. if you trim them now.
  6. hollywood

    hollywood LawnSite Member
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    like the previous post mentioned fall is best. besides insect damage, the sun hitting the exposed wood is harmful also.

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