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Mess of Lantanas

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Herman Vanderhorst, Sep 30, 2019.

  1. Herman Vanderhorst

    Herman Vanderhorst LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I just started a lawn care business and the client request the lantanas be maintained. Every site, I review say they should be pruned in spring and winter. Please look at pictures and advise. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you. 20190929_101228.jpg 20190929_101228.jpg




  2. Keith4216

    Keith4216 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    Cut it too the ground once it gets cooler like in December. That's the only time I mess with it. Those look bad.
  3. OP
    Herman Vanderhorst

    Herman Vanderhorst LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thank you for the advise.
  4. Keith4216

    Keith4216 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    They can get big and straggly when older. You can tighten them up with your hedge clipper if your customers want them smaller but their just a messy plant that gives a lot of color.
    sehitchman likes this.
  5. Idlewild

    Idlewild LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    There appears to be a lot more going on in those beds besides lantana, Virginia creeper, misc. weeds,
    etc... What little lantana is showing looks to have powdery mildew & insect damage. This could be the
    result of many factors, too much shade, overhead irrigation, just a few. Assuming this is the perennial
    cultivar, in your area, if you cut this back now it could re-flush new growth only to go dormant when
    the frost arrives. Typically there’s no need to prune as they bloom a long spring/summer season before
    going to seed. Lantana breeding has come a long way, many new and improved varieties available, perhaps
    you could suggest to your client a new installation for spring.
    sehitchman and hort101 like this.
  6. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,296

    As stated above, cut it back to 4-5" from the ground. Clean up the bed around it and mulch. If it stays warm, you'll see new growth on the remaining stems in a few weeks, hand prune to the ground everything that did not sprout growth, keeping the shape symmetrical and enjoy the Spring flowers. Then use your hedge sheers next season to maintain the shape and size you want.
  7. hal

    hal LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 1,852

    Also depends on what kind of lantana it is, miss huff is a perennial, new gold, dallas red usually come back, some don't. Do what the others have said, cut them to the ground (near).

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