Hedge and shrub trimming

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rixtag, Aug 2, 2000.

  1. rixtag

    rixtag LawnSite Senior Member
    from Lehi Ut
    Messages: 432

    I have some questions concerning when/how often to trim shrubs and hedges? Is it determined by the type of plant or the time of year or both/neither? I have a customer that is asking for some more info and it would be some extra $$$ <p>Thank you in advance for all of your help. The site would not be what it is if it wasn't for all of you regulars, Eric, Charles, Kirby, Lazer etc. You all are a great help to those of us that are less informed.<p>Rick

    FIREMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from n.j.
    Messages: 318

  3. EarthWorks

    EarthWorks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    It would take forever to go through every plant and give a description on how it should be trimmed and at what time. You might list the shrubs you are planning on trimming. One rule of thumb is to trim most flowering shrubs soon after they go out of bloom. Trim them at the wrong time and you may be cutting of next years flower.I found here in the south hollies can be trimmed most anytime. Crepe myrtles should be trimmed in Feb.
  4. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    Every one of my customers has a different idea about when they should be trimmed. The majority of my customers have two types: the yews and hemlocks, which I usually trim July/August, this way they dont have time to grow before the dormancy sets in, and the privets which generally need trimming around the 3 holidays Memorial day, July 4 and Labor day but this year its unusually wet so they are being trimmed more often, more like every 3 weeks.<p>I have one customer who insists I trim her hemlock hedge in June, then reluctantly requests it again in October. Wont listen.<p>Bill<p>PS also some idiots try to shape forsythia into a hedge then always ***** why theres no blossoms in the spring.
  5. AGG Lawn Maintenance

    AGG Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from Elberon
    Messages: 422

    Check out some books on pruning. Look up your zone of hardiness. Also check out pruning techiques. Example for trees your have opposite- and alternate leaved. Its good to know the shapes (round,upright,etc.)<br>Also its good to know if a plant flowering or not. You need to know what is new growth and what isn't. Good Luck and study up. Knowledge is key!!! Travis AG&G Lawn Maintenance
  6. OP

    rixtag LawnSite Senior Member
    from Lehi Ut
    Messages: 432

    Thank you all for the info, much appreciated. One more and I will quit buggin'. Does anyone know of a site online that has pictures and names of the different types, family etc? Here in Utah there isn't much reference material on the subject and people in the biz are reluctant to talk. Too paranoid I guess. Thanks once again and keep cuttin'<p>Rick
  7. yardmonkey

    yardmonkey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    I don't have a copy and it is expensive ($50 for the paperback edition), but the book to get is:<br>Manual of Woody Landscape Plants : Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses <br>by Michael A. Dirr <p>Here is a link to it on Amazon:<br>http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0875637957<p>Dirr also has an Encyclopedia with pictures, which is more useful for identification.<p>(just type in Dirr in the search box at Amazon)
  8. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Try the A-Z encyclopoedia of plants from the Amrican Horticultural Society. It has practically everything including sub genus'.

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