I think I mentioned recently the guy who does my yard, who does a great job, decided to up the cost of cutting my hedges. In my infinite wisdom, I decided I would purchase a hedge trimmer and start maintaining them myself, because I am already out in the garden most evenings after work. Right now most of my work is just watering, weeding and feeding my plants because they are in the sprouting and growing stage. So what’s an hour a couple days a month spent trimming my hedges.
First of all, I really didn’t prepare properly. I had the trimmers, I had trash bags and outdoor extension cords thanks to my days of putting Christmas lights on the house back in the day. I really blew off having a rake and mouth/nose shield. How big were the limbs I would be cutting and wouldn’t they all fall in the same area and how hard would it be to put them in the bags? Wrong, wrong, and wrong!
Also, I really should have waited on The Guy to show me how to really use the trimmers. I am so impatient, but the hedges were starting to look foolish.
I have allergies and I do not know all the things I am allergic to. Insurance doesn’t cover the testing and I guess until I have severe attack I will not know. After about 15 minutes or so of cutting the hedges, I started sneezing. Probably at a rate of every ten minutes. Shit. Sneezing with my bladder is TMI. Yeah.
When you trim hedges you are trimming leaves? Duh? So yeah you can easily pick up the limbs, but those little bitty leaves, not so much. A rake would have come in handy.
Because my hedges on the side of the house are tall, I need to use a ladder until I can get them down to where I really want them. I didn’t even try to use a ladder, because I hate to be on the ladder and no one knows and I fall. Just not cool or something I want to chance. Sighing…so the hedges on the side were only half way done and the part that was done was only halfway finished because I needed a ladder to reach over further. Those hedges need some help.
The ones on the front of the house were shorter, easier and more controllable. They look great. The smaller one on the side was okay to do, but I am determined to cut it down much lower, for more ease. And I didn’t even tackle the one closest to the sidewalk. I need to use a ladder; the guy who does my yard uses my ladder.
So now I am waiting on The Guy to come over and do training and the yard man to cut my grass because I will need a ladder to walk in my damn yard if he doesn’t hurry up and cut the grass.
FYI – I do have a lot of hedges and they are difficult to handle if not properly maintained. They have to be cut a least once a month or you are going to be mad. The initial cut for the season takes a bit longer than usual and this year it took my yard guy 3 hours, but baby my yard was the envy of the street. So him upping the price I understood, but being a single person who maintains a home alone, adding another $100 a month to that budget wasn’t going to happen. I am traveling this year and I will have a proper vacation. Sorry I didn’t take any pictures but hell, you can’t see the difference the feet tall grass/weeds…sighing…