Bush trimming ?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ozd12005, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. ozd12005

    ozd12005 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    I had a call today from someone looking for a one time bush trimming, daytime temps are in the 40's and the overnight temps are in the 30's. Is it a good idea to wait till the spring to do this job or will I be ok doing it now ?
  2. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,624

    If she's cute then go for it. Just be careful if you have a wife.
  3. RedMax Man

    RedMax Man LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,051

    Is it a blossoming bush? Do you know what kind it is? It is better to trim blossoming shrubs just after the bloom so that the new blossoms are not damaged.
  4. Allure

    Allure LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    can't say without knowing what type of plant you want to prune.

    With these temperatures though, i would not want to do anything that might encourage buds to break. Any new growth that results will be hit with frost soon enough & die back.
  5. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    I agree, I don't like to do anything to make it look ugly and have to wait until spring to grow back. The other side as mentioned is you don't want to trim off any blooming buds before spring. It really depends on the plant. Pruning vs Trimming.
  6. ozd12005

    ozd12005 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    Sounds like you have a lot of time on your hands to come up with that

    As for everyone else that responded thanks for the input and I plan on waiting till the spring to do the job
  7. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    Don't trim any type of budding/flowering bush until after it blooms but if its an evergreen yew, juniper, boxwood, burning bush then go ahead and trim it and it will be fine. Just do trimming, dont do any type of cut back as it will stress the plant to much during the winter months.

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