Hedge trimming in winter

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Mowin4Dollas, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Mowin4Dollas

    Mowin4Dollas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    Is it ok to trim hedged when there is a possibility of freezing temps? I am hesitating to start a job because of fear of killing bushes.
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  2. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 925

    I wouldn't be worried about the cold. If the plant isn't cold hardy it will be damaged regardless. What are you wanting to trim? If it flowers in the spring you might be cutting off buds.
  3. Mow Money Lawn Care

    Mow Money Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 764

    I had the same question. A customer called to ask if I could trim shrubs for her now. From what I know, the shrubs that can get cut back 1/3 height, the hardy shrubs that would benefit from a rejuvenation, would be okay to trim now The shrubs that require detail trimming that flower in the spring would not benefit the plants.
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  4. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    Now is a good time to renewal prune shrubs.

    We make thousands between January and March by rejuvenating bushes.

    Roses, hollies, crape myrtles, butterfly bushes, loropetalum and oh so much more.

    We prune heavily between January and March.

    I use this presentation when training new hires; lots of good pruning infohttp://mcmg.umd.edu/Files/2011%20spring%20mini/1%20Pruning%20and%20Shearing.pdf
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Winter Dormancy for pruning is probably about the best time over all... Obviously we don't do maples after late summer and some people think that pruning in the exreme mid-winter conditions may cause problems,,, and the may be correct...
    This time of year,,, even in Wisco,,, we could start the apple trees soon... :)
  6. Mowin4Dollas

    Mowin4Dollas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    Thanks guys! This Saturday will be a trimming hedges in snow most likely. Thank you for all of your help!
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