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Bush Trimming

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Fawcett, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. Fawcett

    Fawcett LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    Things are starting to come out of hibernation up here in Ma. and I'm excited to get back to work.

    Things didn't really go to sleep this year, we got less than 10inches of snow for the whole winter. I'm wondering how this will affect things over the next few weeks.

    Anyways, would it be hurtful to get the hedge trimming done now as opposed to waiting for everything to leaf up and then do it?

    I've always waited for things to start to look rough before doing any trimming but I was thinking maybe I could get a head start and get it over with?

    My problem is that I'm afraid this might do more harm than good.

    Can someone help me out here and school me?

    Thank You,
  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,525

    I woudn't start pruning yet. Your instinct's are correct. If we get a cold spell you are liable to be looking at bare wood for a while.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    With the mild winter I've gotten started on my Arb/yew hedges... Drastic pruning is needed so I'm happy to have the extra time to work it... When they finish growing in June I'll do some forming/smoothing/shaping for them...
    The roses I'll leave until I see what's growing best, and prune out the rest...

    I don't think I'd do hedge trimming with a hedger yet, here in Wisco, but that might even be OK...
    Late winter, early spring is great time to prune, for almost everything... :)

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