Trimming Bushes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ToddS, Jan 27, 2004.

  1. ToddS

    ToddS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    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

  2. Coumbe

    Coumbe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    Depend on the type of bushes. I would say 4-5 cuts here in Texas.
  3. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    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.
  4. sal

    sal LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    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.
  5. nuchdig

    nuchdig LawnSite Member
    from oh
    Messages: 43

    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.
  6. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,586

    one major trim/prune.... minor touchups later where/when needed....I hate pruning

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    3 times a season here plus a little touch up.
  8. lawnscapes

    lawnscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    We trim shrubs 8-10 times a year in Houston, TX:(
  9. MR. Nomo

    MR. Nomo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54


    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..
  10. LawnPerfect

    LawnPerfect LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    Whenever she tells me to.

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