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How soon is too soon to trim shrubs.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by IndianaBrian, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. IndianaBrian

    IndianaBrian LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I had a person call me today that wants shrubs trimmed ASAP. Here in Indiana it is still 40-50's during the day and dipping into high 20's at night. Shrubs are just starting to bud and wondered if way too early...usually do my first trim in June.
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  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    It depends on the plant species. Flowering cut after the blooms or you will have cut off the flowers is an example.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Generally safe for all plants when dormant, generally... However, as stated be sure the variety so you are not cutting off the flowers that formed last fall, but will form on this year's, new wood...

    Fruit trees are a special case...
  4. nysuz

    nysuz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    depending on the shrubs, most will be fine if trimmed now, as long as the customer knows that you will be trimming flowers in some cases, if they have the neat and tidy bug, chances are the flowers go unnoticed by them anyway. will mean more money for you because most of them will still need that June trimming, it may cause some of them to sucker. we are almost out of dormancy up here.
  5. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,887

    Nothing to do with the question at all, I'm just amazed that you've been a member since 2009 and this is your FIRST POST!!!

    How DO you maintain such control???????? :dancing:
  6. IndianaBrian

    IndianaBrian LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I trimmed them back today. Didn't get too wild, shaped them more than anything. Thank you all for your advice. I truly appreciate it.
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  7. Leo the Landscaper

    Leo the Landscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    Technically, you prune something anytime it is necessary.

    There is a difference between pruning and shearing.

    A general rule: It is safe to shear shrubs that bloom in June and later in the spring as flower buds have not set i.e. spirea, hydrangea, clethra. Shrubs that bloom in April and May should be sheared after they flower as the flower buds were set last fall i.e. viburnums, forsythia, fothergilla.

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