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Renniekins Scissorhands
I had planned on posting this yesterday while at work, between compiles and such. Unfortunately our internet connection was down all afternoon, so I was forced to work instead of doing the blogging I'd intended! Darn it all.

Anyway, I was talking to fachless at euchre on sunday, and I said, "I spent all afternoon trimming my hedge, and it's still not done. I'll have to finish tomorrow."

"What were you using to trim it," she asked disbelievingly, "nail clippers?"

"No, I had an electric hedge-trimmer. It is just a monstrously enormous hedge! It's taking over my whole backyard."

My friends seemed unconvinced, but fortunately I have some pictures as proof. This thing was huge! It's still pretty big, even in its nicely-trimmed state. My hands, wrists, and arms are still sore from wielding that trimmer. My sis' helped me out a lot on sunday, but monday I was on my own -- though my neighbor was kind enough to cart away the vast piles of branches I'd chopped off. It completely filled and overflowed his pickup truck.

Before Trimming Before Trimming

This is what my hedge looked like before we began. I put my sister in front of it to give it size perspective. Note how it is trying to eat her, and how it has grown past the power lines. She is 5'3". The hedge is probably around 11' tall!
During Trimming During Trimming

Here I am on the ladder, brandishing my hedge-trimmer. I chopped it down to just under 7' tall, or so. You can see trimmed hedge to my left, and the huge hedge remaining to my right. Click on either picture for a larger view.

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From: stilldocked Date: September 8th, 2004 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
wow, that is some hedge...I am sure glad that you got that taken care of;)
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: September 8th, 2004 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey! Where are the topiaries, Miss Sissorhands?

renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2004 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Topiaries?! I'm lucky I got it to go in a (more or less) straight line.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2004 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: wow

Thank you, thank you! *bow* It was quite the chore, but I'm happy with it now.
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: September 8th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sob. I wish I had the privacy given by an 11 foot hedge. The downside of a corner lot.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2004 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well 11 feet is a little much. 7 feet is much nicer-looking. The hedge is a royal pain to maintain, but I do love my private little backyard.
clstal From: clstal Date: September 8th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
As someone who used to rent tools -- get thee to a rental center, girl, and rent a gas powered hedge-monster!

(The downside is that they're heavier, but they go faster and theoretically it takes less time).

On the other hand -- YO! It looks like you did a great job, yo! Much kick-ass!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2004 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
A gas powered trimmer? I didn't think such a beast existed! That's a good suggestion, I will have to check them out next time.

I was actually thinking a chain saw might work better for such a big tassk -- not that I've ever used a chain saw, but in the movies they seem very effective.
clstal From: clstal Date: September 8th, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bloody heavy, awkward angle, and fussy to keep started (in my experience) -- all of these things would depend on mfg... I'd use an 18" if you've got a choice in size. I'd go with a gas-powered trimmer because it's balanced for what you're trying to do.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 9th, 2004 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Ahh. Good to know....thanks!!
From: davidp5382 Date: September 9th, 2004 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Chain saws don't work terribly well if the stuff being cut is too small and flexible. The teeth just move stuff around, kinda mangle the ends, and shake everything a lot. On the other hand, for the size of some of that stuff, it may have worked ok. I didn't know about gas powered trimmers either. Good to know!
polaron From: polaron Date: September 8th, 2004 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)


1. Dear God ! Your hedges are HUGE !! Not that I'm stating the obvious or anything ;)

2. Dear God ! Your backyard is HUGE !! I wanna backyard like that....*sob*...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Observations

The pictures actually make my backyard look deceptively large, because they're taken from the farthest point possible. It is really not all that huge; it's a very nice cosy size.
mindgames4one From: mindgames4one Date: September 8th, 2004 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it's the verbage you use-- quit calling it a hedge and call it a windbreak. It calls to mind more of the true picture when called a windbreak.

Yes, those hedges got huge-- I'm surprised you could even trim them down as much as you did. Usually, when they get that overgrown the stalks are too thick for a hedge trimmer to cut-- as least that was MY experience. Hence, my overgrown Tallhedge Buckthorn pushes..... (By the way, was kind are yours? Are those Privet hedges? Honeysuckle? I'm curious-- I need to rip out my buckthorn because so many of them are dying now, and want something else that fills in fast.)

You did a great job, though. I know what a laborous job it is!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 9th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't actually know what it is -- I'm not much of a green thumb, and it was there when I moved in. It has thorns though, and tiny white flowers when it blooms.

It was a huge chore, but very satisfying now that it's done!!!
From: davidp5382 Date: September 9th, 2004 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Incredible amount of work. It'll look really good when it turns green again! ;)
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