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Trimming Bushes and Heat

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by IN2MOWING, Jul 17, 2005.


    IN2MOWING LawnSite Member
    from Zone 6
    Messages: 66

    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.
  2. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    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.

    IN2MOWING LawnSite Member
    from Zone 6
    Messages: 66

    Thanks DLS.

    Its going to be hot here this week and I fill my cooler up once every other day. Stay hydrated this week.
  4. Popper357

    Popper357 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    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.
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    The newly cut leaves and under leaves that you expose to the hot sun by cutting off their cover above have a good chance of sunburning.
  6. jebbster007

    jebbster007 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    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
  7. lawnguyland

    lawnguyland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,108

    shrubs will be fine, you will suffer.
  8. Emerscape

    Emerscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    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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