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Arborvitae Tips

Discussion in 'Tree Climbing, Pruning, Felling' started by clayslandscape, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 463

    I have manage an apartment complex and they called today wanting ideas of what to do with he overgrown arborvitaes at the entrance to each building.

    Would it be ok to cut these back considerably and they will come back or should I just get rid of them and plant something else back? If I were to plant something back, what would you replace them with?

    Thank you guys!
     
  2. OP
    OP
    clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 463

    Sorry forgot the picture

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  3. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,463

    How do you get them to grow upside down?
     
  4. OP
    OP
    clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 463

    That's a trick I have learned.


    Sorry about that
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  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,463

    They are cooked, pull them out and put new ones in.
     
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Those types of arbs are meant to grow tall and soften the appearance of larger structures... But all aesthetics are opinion so do what the client wants... to me they look like they're finally getting to the right size, but may be topped if they begin to block the upstairs(or downstairs) window as the case may be...
     
  7. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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  8. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 924

    You can't hard prune a conifer. If they don't like the size, time to rip them out.
     
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Arborvitaes(cedar Family) are one of the most prunable plants in any landscape... Pines less so, but you should see what the pruners along high wires do to mature pine trees...

    You can say what you like about those cypress things in the South, but those cylindrical arbs pictured are definately prunable, cut them down to anysize you want, as long as there is still greenery it will grow from that greenery, with no noticeable side effects...

    If there is side pruning into the leafless interior branches, it is very likely that, those areas will not green up again, but even there, you do not have to leave much greenery to keep the shrub going... be advised that they are very slow growing trees, so do a good job pruning...
     
  10. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 924

    This is the key. Though, I'd be very weary of pruning the terminals out of the leader branches. You would continue to have growth on the side but not the top. Maybe I'm wrong, but I wouldn't even attempt it.
     

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