Trimming Gray owls

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Stafford Landscaping, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. Stafford Landscaping

    Stafford Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I was wondering If any body has tips for trimming gray owls?
    I have trimmed a lot of shrubs but not gray owls before. I think
    that I should be able to trim then just like anything else, but I
    just want to be sure.
     
  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think it is against the law to trim Owls.
     
  3. Stafford Landscaping

    Stafford Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Ha Ha. I mean the shrub. But I'll give you credit you got me.
     
  4. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Parsons, Pfitzer and Gray Owl Junipers should NEVER be "Meatballed", but once a year (depending upon your region) they do need a few selected cuts. Remove arm-like branches that rise above the branches' average height.

    Not knowing how overgrown they are or their environment, I can't be too specific. However, I am a firm believer that upright junipers do not need to be gas sheared, only hand pruned. Having said that, there are exceptions to every rule.
     
  5. old dog 80

    old dog 80 LawnSite Member
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    I can't resist this:carefully catch owl in net.have helper carefully restrain
    the owl while you trim with scissors.Release back to the wild.
     
  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wear big gloves..climb tree..catch owl and hold tight
    but do not squish owl.Owl
    will only grow on new growth so don't cut off too much..use your mustache trimmers and bandage any wounds the grey owl has givin you in the process and immediately seek medical attention!
     
  7. Stafford Landscaping

    Stafford Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    They are on either side of an entrance to a bussiness and they and they are about 4ft tall and the owner wants then down a little bit so people can see coming and going.
     
  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    yes just dont prune them back so far as you can see the inside of the shrub..do it slow and watch what you are cutting off so's you don't leave them ugly but still attain your goal of allowing visitors to see.
     
  9. Stafford Landscaping

    Stafford Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Thank you very much for the advice. Thats what I'll do, I'll get out my trusty
    old hand clippers and go to work.

    P.S. So after I finish, just throw them in the air a return them to the wild right?
     
  10. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    That is correcto mundo
     

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