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Trimming Bushes

ToddS

LawnSite Member
Location
Atlanta, GA
Making my first bid on a commercial property tomorrow which will include trimming bushes!! Just wondering how many times in a season do you typically trim bushes and in what months? Thanks

ToddS
 

Avery

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Kitty Hawk, NC
Depends a lot from variety to variety. Eleagnus you can figure on pruning 5-6 times a year. Something like Yaupon Holly much less. Say once or twice at the most. There are growth regulators on the market that will reduce the frequency of pruning, but it is expensive.
 

sal

LawnSite Member
Location
Fayetteville,Ga.
It all depends on the type, but have you thought about a growth inhibitor? After trimming shrubs at the apartment complexes,and restaurants we apply the growth inhibitor to slow grow. This buyes us time and saves labor cost.
 

nuchdig

LawnSite Member
Location
oh
Damn!!!! 4 to 5 cuts, make me glad I live in the midwest. We prune everything by hand with Felcos ONCE! Taxus, Ilex, EAC, you name it. I must admit that there are a few instances where we go back in and do a light touch up. If you time your pruning properly you may be able to reduce the frequency.
 

GarPA

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
PA
one major trim/prune.... minor touchups later where/when needed....I hate pruning
 

MR. Nomo

LawnSite Member
Location
South Carolina
sal,

What do you use as a growth inhibator? Very interesting...

Last year I quoted a residential in late spring figuring to do the hedges once and maybe some touch up.
I cut them back 3 times last year!! So I basically did them twice for free..
 
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