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I'm way too old for this!
« on: February 19, 2015, 06:28:34 PM »
After 13 years of living here I decided enough was enough trying to keep 300' of hedges that are 10' tall trimmed so this morning I started a little bit of pruning! I've only got about 30' done so far and my arms and legs are ready to fall off. I think some gas and a match would have been a better way to go!


Hedges before pruning


Hedges pruned just a tad


Looking back to where I stopped


Car trailer full of cuttings
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Re: I'm way too old for this!
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2015, 02:03:16 AM »
 ;D
I would get tired from just picking up branches and cuttings and putting them in the trailer.   ;D

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Re: I'm way too old for this!
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2015, 06:32:26 AM »
Laurel hedges are a complete pain in the butt. I had one surrounding my yard when I lived in Seattle. It expanded width-wise over the years until it took up more than 1/3 of the actual backyard. When I cut it back it looked scraggly and awful. Useless crap!
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Re: I'm way too old for this!
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2015, 07:49:57 AM »
That was the main problem of trimming them was the width. I have one of those 8' pole trimmers and after trimming the top from both sides I still couldn't get to the middle which meant they were more than 16' wide!
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2015, 06:19:31 PM »
Wow, quite the pruning.  When you're too old, pay for someone else to do it.  I had a 22 foot tree that was supposed to be a dwarf tree growing no higher than 12 feet.  After 10 years it was overhanging my neighbor's roof.  Finally hired a guy to cut it back.  Amazing how he did it.  Climbed it and using light weight power saws, hand saws, pulleys, and mountain climbing gear, he slowing cut from the top down.  Its now only about 15 feet and half the bulk.  Nice guy, only charged me $350 for the whole job.
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2015, 06:28:31 PM »
Pavelow, I talked to about 5 or 6 different guys to do just that and they all wanted from $750 to $875 to trim them. I told them I'd burn it all down before I paid half that. Each one of them said they have to pay for insurance for their workers, I told them that's fine but I'm not going to pay the annual insurance bill!
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2015, 06:45:28 PM »
Yeah, no shit Sherlock.  Guy I hired had $1M insurance policy and I didn't have to pay for it.  No way I'd pay $750.  Several years ago, my brother paid a guy ...guys to take down four 80-foot three feet wide pines next to his house.  They wanted $3K, he agreed to $2K.  They climbed the trees and cut them down from the top because they were so close to the house.  I know this because I happened to be visiting him at the time.  Amazing feat.
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