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I needs some help, what is the best way to trim these? also should I wait untill fall. But this is a apartment complex and people are complaining about the overgrowth on the sidewalk, Let me know

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What are they? Hemerocallis? Looks like it.

Hedge clippers. Zip, zip, zip. About 15 minutes of work.

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once the blossoms go by you can cut the stems back to the greens. If it can wait until the fall you can dig up some of the bulbs that are close to the walkways, thus eliminating the over growth and next spring they won't grow out into the walkways.

If it can't wait and the owner says cut them back I would thin them out by digging some of the front ones up and transplant them somewhere or maybe you know someone who would like some new lily bulbs or have a place for them yourself.
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Ya a hedge trimmer will zip right through it but I'm not sure how good it will look. I know its a different plant but they share similar traits. We have to trim the red yuccas every once in a great while but using the hedge trimmer doesn't always look the best. I would consider what wdcutter said and dig'em out.
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Ya a hedge trimmer will zip right through it but I'm not sure how good it will look. I know its a different plant but they share similar traits. We have to trim the red yuccas every once in a great while but using the hedge trimmer doesn't always look the best. I would consider what wdcutter said and dig'em out.
I've done it 100 times when I worked for someone else (not that I wouldn't do it for myself, I just try to avoid this sort of work if possible). Eventually the boss found out and after he saw the results he had me teach everyone else the technique.

It makes a really nice edge against the sidewalk and it needs redone from time to time. Repeat business.

I had also introduced using the hedge trimmers for end of season cut backs. It turns an all day job into a couple of hours.
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This is kind of interesting because it could be handled in different ways it seems. If you dig up the bulbs and move them back, they will not need to be trimmed as often. But for more business, it seems like just trimming them will help you to include them in your annual services to rim them again and again and again.
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This is kind of interesting because it could be handled in different ways it seems. If you dig up the bulbs and move them back, they will not need to be trimmed as often. But for more business, it seems like just trimming them will help you to include them in your annual services to rim them again and again and again.
The trimming also takes about 1/10th the time and while you can't charge as much for it you will be in front of the customer more often which keeps them interested and keeps other companies from edging in.
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