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Trimming spiral junipers

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by mmacsek, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. mmacsek

    mmacsek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 547

    I received a request from a good customer to trim/shape some huge spiral junipers. They are a very close spiral. It kinda of looks like a thread. They are about 12' tall and there are 2 of them. I can see the rough shape but they need trimming. These will be my first and need help on how long it should take an exp. contractor to do. I have my hourly rate so I'm not asking that. I also realize it will take me alot longer. Any help from some experienced members would be appreciated. Thanks Matt
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Without seeing them, I would say about 2 hrs each. I do several spirals in the 12'-14' range each year, and they take me about that long.
  3. mmacsek

    mmacsek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 547

    Thanks Mike. I would like to post pictures but I'm pretty limited on computer skills. Matt
  4. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    i'm thinking 40 min each.
  5. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    Depends on how you are cutting them. On average, I would say an hour each. If you are doing it by hand held pruners, then 2 hours each. I did one last fall that was about 15' and one on the other side of the walk was @ 12' so I had to bring the one down to make them match. All said and done, it took me 3 hours to do it all.
  6. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    I use hand pruners, florists scissors, and hand shears. I can't see how anyone could do them with gas powered hedge trimmers. The bars are to long for the delicate work. I'd like to find a set of gas or electric that have about a 6" or 8" bar, but for the time being, I'll do it by hand.
  7. steve in Pa.

    steve in Pa. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    I would say about 1 1/2 hours apiece. We have a customer that has 24 spiral dwarf alberta spruce's. we use gas on the bulk of the trimming but use hand shears for the fine tunning, usuall take about 15 minutes per shrub. one year we used hand for everything and had something like 14 mhrs in it and sore forearms and hand muscles for the next week or sooooooo!!!!
  8. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    I am following Steve around today! :waving: I agree with him on the topic of using gas shears. If used correctly, it can save you lots of time, but put in the untrained hands of someone and you may be replacing the plant, or atleast having a shorter one to prune next time! :D
  9. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    charge em 300 bucks an make em nice!

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