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So I have a customer that purchased a house that has some out of control landscaping. They have taxus bushes that are 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide, burning bushes that are 15 feet tall and just as wide, and some other stuff. So they want to keep what is there, but obviously trim it way back. I have never trimmed anything back this far. I heard the best time to do it is about now before they actually start to grow.

Is that true? Is it best to hand prune them back or gas trimmers are fine? How much can I take off without killing them out? Also, can I transplant rose bushes now? Or in the Spring? Or when?

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In general, the best time to prune hedges is after the coldest part of winter has past. The worst time is in the fall.

As far as how much you can cut back, some hedges you can hack away at and they will continue to grow back no matter what you do.

Safely you usually don't want to cut more than a 1/3 or the plant back.

I've cut Yews, which are your taxus bushes, way back and sometimes they made it and once in a while they didn't.

If you can, suggest the 1/3rd rule to the customer this year and that it would be healthier for the hedges, they may go along with it. Maybe they won't care if the plant makes it as long as it is cut back to a certain size. Feel them out and see what they want to do.

With your rose bushes, are you planting new plants with roots or are you transplanting clippings?
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With your rose bushes, are you planting new plants with roots or are you transplanting clippings?
For the roses they are established roses they are wanting moved from the front yard to the back.

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You can probably transplant them in spring, summer, and fall. With the best results though in the spring as that is the plant's main time to grow. A key to success with this, above and beyond timing, is making sure they get enough water.

There is something called transplant shock, which happens when a plant's root system is damaged in the digging up, transition period, or planting phase. If the roots are too badly damaged, nothing will save it.

With that said, making sure they are watered daily is really important.

I look forwards to your updates on this project.
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