Using PGR's to manage shrub/flowers size in the landscape.

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Az Gardener, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    Has anyone used these products as a management tool for landscape maintenance? Not turf, but for hedges, seasonal flowers, shrubs that just have a tendency to get too big for their location. I would love to hear from someone who is doing this or has tried it in the past.
  2. cemars

    cemars LawnSite Senior Member
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    As a sub-contractor, I used a PGR on hedge rows of Abelia to reduce trimming cost and only got the job for one season so I'm assuming the numbers didn't work.
  3. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I tried out PBI Gordon's Atrimec this year. This stuff really works. I have a 300 ft. Privet hedge on a property I maintain, and only trimmed it one time this season. I trimmed it early June and sprayed it a few days later. The lady that owns this property was really impressed too. I also tried it on some forsythia and it worked well there, I only had to trim twice and there wasn't much to trim the second time. I will be working this product into some of my future bids.
  4. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    So did you charge her for just the costs associated with the spray job or did you factor in some of the savings she will realize and try and get a % of that money too? If you don't mind answering that loaded question. Thanks for the info on Atrimec.
  5. quiet

    quiet LawnSite Senior Member
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    That is an important question on several levels. Was this done as part of a maintenance agreement; for example, was the price for maintenance of the bushess was included in your monthly/annual billing?
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    You can almost be assured that the main reason for using the growth control is to reduce the number of trims on properties under contract.
  7. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Both places I used the PGR are under a yearly contracted price for shrub maintenance. So less trips and labor are money in my pocket.

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