What I should do with that.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by David Hartzog, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. David Hartzog

    David Hartzog Banned
    Messages: 531

    I have no clue what to do with these bushes. I told the manager they should be completely pulled out. He said they should be cut half way back. I said O.K. and this is what you get. Now his partner wants me to yank them out. Now, I'm thinking maybe they'll grow. It's under a lot of shade and gets plenty of water. I couldn't put grass there due to the shade and they don't want rocks. So, what would you do? You can see what I did already.



  2. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 753

    I would agree .. you've got to yank them out, and start with new. Once things get to overgrown, there usually isn't much going back on plants such as they have there.
  3. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,510

    Consider broadleaf hydrangeas. Good for shade and wet, grow fairly fast, lots of color July and August. Customer needs to be patient however because they're not very big when planted. 4' at maturity is better, not the 8' variety.
  4. David Hartzog

    David Hartzog Banned
    Messages: 531

    these bushes have been there since the 50's BTW.
  5. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Yea, those have to go. A great chance to sell some new shrubs!!
  6. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    get rid of em
  7. Penscape Landscaping

    Penscape Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 357

    Tell him that they need to go! Tell him that due to the age that he will have to replace them anyway in the next few years anyway. Plant a lower growing shrub. I suggest Gardenia jasminiodes-the shrub grows lower and has very fragrant white blumes from may through june. They will be happy! Prune in fall after flowering is over. Apply acidic plant food in spring. Easy maintenance for the space i believe.
  8. AmGreen

    AmGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    Try I Gold Dust Aucuba or some other variety of that sort. Loves shade and retains it's color year round. Not sure what your plant zone is some are as low as 6...check out www.monrovia.com - search/keyword AUCUBA
  9. ExclusiveLawnCare

    ExclusiveLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    Yeah Pull them out they dont look to hot at all, there all on the wild side. Go with something plain and simple and its gonna look so much better.
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Those will grow right back and be fine. Just give them 10 years or so, and you'll be all set. they WILL have to be over the sidewalk to fill out with proper foliage, but so what if we cover the walkway and windows...who needs them.
    Seriously, I think the manager needs to get with the program. Even the big round one in the background in the first pic is too big for that setting. Go fresh, and make the place look like new.

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