Trimming Bushes

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by joyceloveslife, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. joyceloveslife

    joyceloveslife LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    When is the best time to trim bushes?
    Can you trim them when the temperature is between 45 and 55 degrees?
  2. SLC  LLC

    SLC LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 667

    I know this is off topic of the original thread, but thought I might get some good responses as people are browsing.

    What do most people charge for trimming shrubs? Do you charge by the hour? Do you charge by the number of shrubs - and set amount per shrub? Any thoughts?????
  3. DaughtryLC

    DaughtryLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    You can trim around here anytime as long as the plant is dormant. I've even trimmed some of my on shrubs in the summer.Azalea's need to be trimmed in the late spring only. After the flowers have died.If you do it in the summer you will cut next years buds.Check your zone!I charge by the hr.
  4. ACutAboveNC

    ACutAboveNC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Depends on the azalea species, Encores bloom up to 3x a year. And after the spring bloom on the azaela you can prune them. I charge $50 an hour for myself and the equipment. Plus, the quality of work can determine how much you charge and the types of hedges you are dealing with. Also, you can cut hedges that are growing but not flowering.
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Best time is when dormant.
    If thats not possable then it depends on the species and how much trimming is required

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    I like to say anything above freezing, so the cuts dry and not freeze. This works for shearing as well as pruning so long as you don't attempt anything to aggressive. If your just shaping your ok, but don't try to remove a third or more while the plants are dormant. If the plants are dormant they will have to use to much stored energy to seal them off.

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