Pruning overgrown azaleas

Hotty Toddy

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Little Rock
This lady wants these indica azaleas pruned back by 2 feet. I talked her down to 1 foot. The trunks are 0.5-1” thick.
How would you go about doing it, doing it evenly, and how much would you charge?
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Hotty Toddy

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Little Rock
The proper time to do normal pruning of azaleas is immediately after bloom. That’s where we are here right now. However I don’t consider this a normal prune. I too wonder whether I should wait to do the severe pruning and just do a light pruning right now.
 

phasthound

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Mt. Laurel, NJ
Now is the best time for you to prune them. I'm sure you have talked to her about how the top will look bear at first and that it will fill in better the following year.
 

grass4gas

LawnSite Bronze Member
That hedge should have a renovation pruning done late fall/early winter. Cut it back to half its height and thin it out. Now understand that you will have minimal blooms, if any, following the hard pruning. It will leaf out nicely in the spring and set blooms for the following year. That is the easy part. The hard part is getting your client to agree to it
 

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