Monday, November 24, 2014

What's going on

If you noticed the newsiness section last week, you saw that our hedges got trimmed. Ever since I did my back in doing them myself a few years ago, I've contracted the job out. I think this is the third year that a local gardener has done them. The gardener's employees, two or three younger guys, arrive with all the proper equipment to tackle the hedges: several trimmers, including one on a very long pole to reach across the hedge, and a mobile scaffolding that allows easy access to the top of the hedge without using ladders.

The rounded shrub behind the transformer box is a laurier-sauce (bay laurel) which provides the flavorful bay leaves that we use in cooking.

The guys do great work, have the whole job done over two short days, and clean up and haul away the debris when they're done. It's hard to tell from the photo, but this section of hedge is about eight feet high and is, in places, nearly five feet across. The rest of the hedge (see the photo below) is only about four feet tall -- the guys cut it down for me two years ago. I continue to trim those sections myself since there is no ladder work involved.

You can see the difference in height between the short and tall sections from outside our back gate.

So, the job is done again for another year. I'm thinking that next year I will ask the gardener to cut down another large section of the hedge to four feet (the part to the left of the transformer box in the top photo and a similar section on the other side of the house). That will leave only the section along the road at eight feet high. Maybe one day we'll have that cut down to size as well.

The shorter hedge was very bare the first year after it was cut down, but since then it's filled in nicely.

I just thought I'd throw in a third photo because I like it. It's the same sections of the hedge on either side of the gate seen from a different angle. You can barely see the gate, but the difference in height of the two hedge sections is quite dramatic.


  1. It would be a toss up between the privacy given by a tall hedge and the openness of a low hedge for me I think. Plus the extra work involved with a tall one.
    Personally I would go for low., the view is better!

  2. You often need a high hedge in these parts as a windbreak, particularly up on the tops where it's mostly flat. Cherry laurel is great for privacy and can look great, as in your garden with your gardeners to make a lovely job of maintaining it. It's almost impossible to kill one - cut it flat to the ground and it grows back. The birds like the berries, otherwise cherry laurels don't do much for wildlife and the birds distribute the seeds everywhere! Better far than leylandii though. Nobody knows how big a leylandii can get, as the first specimens of this hybrid tree are still growing. Pauline

  3. I love the lushness of your yard. The trimmed laurier looks great.

  4. Your hedges are beautiful. I'm glad someone else is cutting them now.

  5. That reminds me: it's time to call the guys who prune our Santa Rosa plum tree.

  6. Bonjour, Walt. Tu as pris la bonne décision: L'heure est venue pour les jeunes de prendre la relève.

  7. definitely great job. Your yard and fence is perfect now..

  8. lovely shrubs indeed.

    I am in favor of hiring out to save time; time is more important than money these days.
    And, the pros do so much better than I .

  9. jean, that's what I'm thinking, at least for the east and west sides.

    pauline, they are hard to kill. The previous owner told us that one year the hedge froze and died back to the ground. It all came back, as you can see.

    judy, that's what a lot of rain will do!

    evelyn, so am I!

    chris, glad I could help out. ;)

    dean, are you calling me old? lol

    gosia, for a short time. Then it will grow again!

    michael, I've got the time, but I don't have the back.


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