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hart8828 06-29-2013 11:38 PM

Trimming of very large bushes
 
We have a few very large bushes. They are over 20ft tall. We need to get them down to a normal size. what is the best way to trim them up?

djlandkpl 06-30-2013 07:56 AM

What kind? Can you post some pics?

TarheelTerp 06-30-2013 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by hart8828 (Post 1209193)
We have a few very large bushes. They are over 20ft tall.

At over 20ft... the issue is no longer about the cutting;
it has become getting scaffolding or hydraulic extension arms on site.

Startingover 06-30-2013 08:39 AM

what are you calling a normal size? If it's 5' or so I would just use a small chain saw and lop off the top. I'm guess none of the branches are overly thick (as in tree size). I know it's not good to trim more than 1/3 at a time so it depends how you feel about these shrubs.

leenamark1 07-02-2013 02:14 PM

Cut all new growth emerging from the ground during the first growing season, leaving only the main stem producing from the ground. Also cut out dead, diseased and broken branches.

hart8828 07-02-2013 02:48 PM

Thank you
 
We are thinking of just cutting all the way down. Then replace with flowers.

TarheelTerp 07-02-2013 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by hart8828 (Post 1210525)
We are thinking of just cutting all the way down. Then replace with flowers.

Look for a local (tree guy) arborist.

Tatertot 07-02-2013 04:04 PM

Wait til fall after all the leafs fall and cut it at the base. Wait til spring and see how it grows in.. if you like it keep it. If not replace. Does it flower?


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