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Bush trimming question

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by cbr9joe, May 26, 2008.

  1. cbr9joe

    cbr9joe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Well I have lost the battle of reason and am now forced into trimming 12 taxis bushes. Here is my problem.....They are all overgrown. They are about 47 inches high and about 50 inches wide. They want them trimmed to 25 inches by 25 inches. I have explained that this will make them very ugly and will probably kill them. I have tried to get them to let me cut them back slightly now and a little more aggressive in the fall. No success, the resident of the condo unit, a retired school teacher, says they will be just fine. So now to my question.... What manor would you suggest using to trim in order to help insure their survival?

    SILVERSTREAK INC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    chainsaw them, then use a hand saw to clean up the limbs and clean up the cuts.

    you could try loppers but being how big they are you prolly wouldnt have much luck

    and any hedge trimmers are useless to stuff past 1/2", youll just end up breaking them

    its hit and miss, some might die, ive seen some pretty severly trimmed yews come back and some in the same row not

    try using ornamental fert right after pruning and routinely after
  3. tilawn

    tilawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    they should be fine but they will rtake approximately 12 months to green back up if not more
  4. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Also, make sure you're able to throw the water to them after such a hard pruning. I hate when people want an old shrub like this pruned back.

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