Cutbacks on ornamentals??

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Florida Gardener, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. I know march is prob the safest bet. However with our unusual feb warm weather, anyone starting cutbacks in feb?
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  2. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
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    This year has been off the charts crazy. Depending on your scheduling and workload, I wouldn't start any earlier than after Valentine's Day. However, after March 1st would put you in the clear in my area (9B). New growth here can already be seen.
  3. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yeah the Raphiolepis indica are about to blow up, so many buds right now.
  4. Nice use of scientific name!!! Yea, all of our damaged stuff has new growth already.
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  5. Nice use of scientific name!!! Yea, all of our damaged stuff has new growth already.
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  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    A few Years ago I arrived at a spray customers house to find him trimming back Cold damage before our no freeze date. I tried my best to explain Why not to trim now. His answer was yes but the Boss (wife) ordered it and I like my happy home.

    Point here is sometimes you got to go with the flow and hope for the best. I believe you are on the Treasure Coast and depending on how far inland might get away with trimming now. The Gulf stream effects your weather and I want to believe I would freeze long before you would.
  7. Ric I am below the treasure coast. I would normally wait until March, but we have now had 4 days with highs at or above 80. The stuff that was damagedhas had new growth about 2 weeks ago. The only reason I am hesitant is that the weather has been wacky and who knows, we get an unexpected freeze or frost....
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  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Diamond 176817

    It is your call. My point was sometimes we have to break Protocol to keep a customer happy. I admit there have been times I sprayed straight Water and billed a customer JUST TO KEEP THEM HAPPY. BTW I learned that trick from Steve Brown a county extension agent who recommended it on one of my accounts. Understand he wasn't trying to rip the customer and I wasn't either.
  9. Ric it isn't a matter of customers questioning it, I just want to get ornamentals to start looking good again....I understand what you are saying though....
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  10. melvern

    melvern LawnSite Member
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    I'm in Jupiter & I've started cutting some, especially the plants that hold their dead leaves & look esp. hideous - Mammey crotons, cocoplum, Petite Ixora...

    The variation in damage is amazing. On one property, there is a cocoplum hedge that is fine on one side & the other side looks like someone took a blow torch to it. I think sprinklers going on may have exacerbated the damage, which I find kind of surprising since it barely got below freezing here.

    Has is gotten to the point where anyone is re-thinking the plant material they will use going forward? When I first moved here, I checked the historical weather data on freezes. In the 80's there had been 12 in W. Palm Beach (it even snowed in Miami once), but for '90 - '97 there had been -0-. I wonder if were are going into a new colder cycle...

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