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Chemical sprays To Reduce Bush Trimming


LawnSite Fanatic
I would like information on any experience that you guys have regarding the use of chemicals on bushes to reduce trimming. The main types are Ligustrum, Burford Holly and Wax Myrtle. I would like to know chemical name, cost, and when can it be applied. I know this stuff is expensive so any thoughts on whether it is cost effective.


LawnSite Platinum Member
Primomaxx and Embark are two PGR's. I've used Primo on turf. It does work. Expensive ,at $120 per quart, but in the long run it saves time. Check the Pesticide forum, you"ll probably find more info there.


LawnSite Senior Member
Atlanta, Ga.
ARe you alking about growth regulators? There are a few , one is Embark, not sure if they even still make it or not??????? price ????


LawnSite Bronze Member
Raleigh, NC
Unless you have a contract I wouldnt worry about those things. We get paid to cut bushes, hell, I wish they would grow faster sometimes so I could get more money!


LawnSite Senior Member
Charleroi P.a
The chemical that you are asking about, are growth regulators and it can be used on lawns and ornamentals if you are a licenced pest app. reading the label would help in knowing when it could be applied, how much...


New Jersey
From experiance I can tell you that Atrimec from PBI Gordon works well on the privet at the 1oz. per gallon rate applied right after late spring pruning/trimming. If you go to the high 2oz. rate per gallon you will be dealing with yellowing of the leaves (chlorosis) for much ot the season. My cost is about $2.15 a gallon of finished spray (1 oz. per gallon) and a 3 gallon backpack full ($6.45) goes a long way. As far as the other plants you asked about....You should read the label. Don't spray on hot days.
This product will save you lots of $$$$$$$$$ and time on contract jobs, But don't waist your time using it otherwise as you will eliminate one pruning and lose $$$$$$$.

Pete D


LawnSite Fanatic
Thanks Pete....Atrimmec is what John Deere Landscape is selling but they didn't have any information. I was only planning on using it on commerical accounts that we trim a couple times a month.