Friday, October 06, 2017

It's that time of year

Our hedges got their annual trim yesterday. The crew of three arrived around eight in the morning and got started. One guy trims the sides of the hedges while standing on the ground. Another guy uses a scaffold to trim the tops of the hedges. A third guy rakes up the trimmings and loads them into their truck to haul away.

This is the longest section of our hedge. It wraps around the yard in the back.

They did the majority of the work in the morning. At noon, they had finished all the hedge work in the back yard before they knocked off for lunch, returning around one-thirty to do the shorter hedge in front. They had a nice, sunny day for the work. And now everything is neat and trim!

If you've been a long-time reader of this blog, you might remember that I used to do this trimming myself, taking a week or more, teetering on a ladder to do the tops. One year I injured my back trimming some thick branches on top, reaching too far and too much with the heavy trimmer. I realized that (a) I really didn't have the proper equipment for the job and (b) I was just getting too old to do this kind of work myself. Besides, the hedges always look better when the professionals do it and I don't have to rake up and dispose of all the trimmings.


  1. Looks great. And so much time and effort saved. Time much better spent on long walks with the dog.

  2. It looks beautiful and leaves you energized and in one piece to do all the other work around there.

    1. Your comments are always just what I was thinking, Mitchell (although somehow more perfectly expressed).

  3. I have been reading your blog for so long that I do indeed remember when you did it yourself! But sometimes, you just have to let the pros do what they do so that you can do the things you love.

  4. I hire a local guy and his crew to do fall/spring cleanup of my yard. best money I ever spent. professional, polite, has all the right tools for the job.

  5. No wonder it was too big a job: you were doing the work of three people!

  6. Handing the trimming off to the pros is a very smart move. And now the hedge looks quite spiffy.

  7. stuart, agreed.

    mitch, and there are always so many things to do.

    judy, :)

    angiemanzi, or the things that hurt less. ;)

    anne marie, I used to do it myself because I felt like I could and we were trying to be frugal.

    chris, hehehe! Yeah, that's it!

    emm, they do a great job. And they clean up after themselves!


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