trimming tips

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by ajordan193, May 6, 2006.

  1. ajordan193

    ajordan193 LawnSite Senior Member
    from WNY
    Posts: 460

    Anyone got any tips on shrub trimming. I know practice makes perfect...but some things are easy to trim and others i just look at and think **** how do i trim that. How does everyone do it soo easy?

    -Andrew
     
  2. KINGjosh

    KINGjosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    what just shrubs in general or a particular shrub?

    To many variables in your question
     
  3. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    This is where a little knolege goes a long way..learn your shrubs and learn when and how they bloom and you will learn what needs trimming ,how and when.Invest in a good plant book that explaines the different types of shrubs and how to prune them.
    I suggest The American Horticultural Society's A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants.
     
  4. jameson

    jameson LawnSite Fanatic
    from PNW
    Posts: 7,000

    Andrew

    I suggest taking a pruning course at your local communtiy college or vocational school, a little knowledge will take you a long way.

    'Trimming' to most folk (Joe Homeowner or 'professional') is pulling out the power shears and shaping the plant into some gawd-awful unnatural edward scissorhandsesque abomination aka 'Shear Madness'.

    Knowing when and how to prune and what tools to use when pruning is invaluable. A good pair of secateurs will take you farther than hand shears, power or otherwise.

    James
     
  5. ajordan193

    ajordan193 LawnSite Senior Member
    from WNY
    Posts: 460

    thanks for the info. I'm going to purchase The American Horticultural Society's A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants asap. I'm still new to the whole landscaping aspect, cutting is a breeze. just trying to expand my business to other opportunities. I will have to look into that class you mentioned. Thanks again

    -Andrew
     

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