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When is to cold to work / do certain jobs .

Looks like winter arriving this coming week , I usually carry on if it a frost / thaws by dinner time . I've still got quite a few jobs to get done yet mainly conifer hedges I usually would just do them but forecast of - 5 to - 7 overnight with day tempertures not getting getting above 1-0 C putting me on question is they a cut off point when not to do certain jobs , I can see potenial conifer tips browning with these tempertures or I am I being over cautious. Don't normally get such tempertures at this time of year usually get up to christmas without any substantial hard frosts / snow .

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  • Yes it's unfortunate that we have gone from mild weather in november, albeit a bit wet, to these bitter temperatures forecasted. Was hoping to get some final lawn cuts in and also some hedges still to do. I have also heard before that frost can brown the cut ends. If it's the neatly trimmed type of conifer it could be an issue. Might be a few weeks or even months before conditions are right again. I have deciduous tree work to do. But at the moment am involved in a Xmas related side line which keeping me busy

    • But at the moment am involved in a Xmas related side line which keeping me busy

       working in a chilly workshop while wearing a green outfit with striped tights?

      • Excellent guess Tim ... it's definitely National Elf Service & Presents related ... Xmas market in a large Hospital ... with the bonus of massive foot fall and under floor heating ... Top winter tip for the brave outdoor workers who use cordless tools : a recently depleted or charged Li-ion battery makes a great hand warmer

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    I don't cut any Conifers after the end of October.

  • You've asked what I was thinking, I too still have hedge cutting and some grass still to cut but worrying about doing them this week. Frustrating to have work to keep me busy until Christmas but may not be able to do it. But I would hate to ruin somebody's nice conifer hedge by ploughing on. 

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      For evergreen / conifers there is definitely more chance of frost damage to cut ends or any new growth. I sometimes do a lighter trim to tidy them up at this time of year.  Any damage that may occur can then be removed by cutting back past it with your usual spring time hedge cutting. 

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    I've pruned conifer hedges in -5 in November and never had an issue.

    Best practice says not to, but sometimes these jobs need doing, or clients insist.

  • I just crack on whatever the weather I find if I stop I'm late starting on grass cutting because of my winter work hasn't been finished. Does anyone not work in the winter? I just do 9 hr days all year through come hail rain or snow just keep plodding on. The bonus in winter is a nice bonfire on a cold day 

    • I don't tend to do anything in January I have it off and most of feb unless the weather really good ( unlikely ). I don't have enough winter work or get paid enough to warrant going out in all sorts of weather. Start mowing last week of March to usually first week of November , should of carried on mowing later this year but most clients question if this is the last cut when October arrives in other words they are to tight to pay for a extra cuts.

  • I've done odd jobs this week got a couple of general tidies earler in the week but small light tree work during the week. Postponed hedge cutting till next week was hoping the weather will improve but much the same as this week freezing tempertures day & night but now with a couple of inch of snow on top we had overnight, won't be doing anything next week at this rate  


    I've done a test patch trimming on a leylandii hedge which backs onto my garden , no noticeable damage from a distance but very slight browning on tips on very close inspection nothing I'd worry about, I'll keep an eye on it over the coming week.

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