Prunning techniquies

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Drew Gemma, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    I was pruning and cleaning beds all say in the rain what fun. These rodadendrins were so old and had been hacked by the owners for years now I am supposed to make them pretty again I told her it might take 2 years for some of these plants to return to normal. So what tips tricks or lessons do you guys have when it comes to prunning. Always looking to better my technique.
  2. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 695

    What are your reasons for pruning?? This is not a smarta** questions there are two types of pruning thinning and shaping. Thinning is done to thin out the plant material and shaping is more for appearance. However if the shrub is way out of shape you are going to have to do both...
  4. jimmyq

    jimmyq LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    perhaps reading through a few books would be a good start?

  5. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 695

    Hey I have that same woody plant book.. Heavy sob aint it..
  6. jimmyq

    jimmyq LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    yup. I think its one of the better resources though. haha dont carry it in the briefcase if I can help it. I just though the picture would save me having to type out the names and authors for the books. my shelf has lots more but those are the pruning specific ones. The other thing to do is too look at the plant, see how it was pruned in the past (old wounds etc) and see the response, then you can tell what will/may happen when you prune it in a certani way.
  7. Mowmoney00

    Mowmoney00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    Hey I just bought that Woody Landsape book ... so far this is one awesome book. This just adds to my huge collection
  8. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
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  9. arborist-28

    arborist-28 LawnSite Member
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  10. grassman2001

    grassman2001 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    Since Rhododendrons are a spring bloomer, you better tell your customer that they will loose the blooms for next spring since you pruned them this fall.

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