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Its going to be in the mid to high nineties here in the Midwest this week with the heat index over 100.


A customer has asked me to trim back yews, boxwoods and burning bushes.

IMO its way to hot and I dont think I should.

Am I right in thinking the heat will effect what I trim back and will harm it.
 

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I just trimmed lilac tree,few other small trees, spirea and evergreen bushes for a customer last Saturday and it was over 90 degrees. It will hurt you more than the bushes. I worked on them for 2 hours and got heat exhaustion. I didn't drink enough water and started getting sick and light headed. I drank over 1 gallon of water before I left the customers house and still didn't need to go the the bathroom. Now that is a lot of sweating.

Just tell the customer to water the bushes a few times the first week if they don't get rain and you be should be okay.

I had never trimmed bushes in the summer but I will be raising the prices next time for summer bush trimming.
 

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Heck yea, it's been hot and humid in KC for a couple weeks now. I've been out in it everyday and take lots of breaks. Trimmed bushes will burn quickly in the dry hot weather so advise customers to use a soaker hose once a week on the bushes. Hopefully, they water the lawn and are familiar with a watering routine.
 

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just dont take too much off and it'll be fine. the hacking will come when it cools off. i just take off most the new growth. i trim big nice apts and for the last three weeks its been nasty. they look great but are on irrigation
 

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did the same thing the other day. customer hadnt maintained thier shrubs in a couple years.. trimmed back 4 big hollys, 2 large lilacs, spirea and an overgrown verigated dogwood. i usually do an application of fertilizer and water the shrubs a couple times after trimming.. helps them deal with the stress
 
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