That Damn Hedge Again ElectricallyMonday, November 03, 2014
When my wife Rosemary and our two daughters and I moved from our all-paid for townhouse in Burnaby to a big corner lot house in Kerrisdale in 1986 we took up gardening seriously. Rosemary was a tad more practical but I went by the book. I decided I wanted the perfect lawn, Plato’s lawn as Essence. So I did everything possible to achieve that goal. This included mowing with a reel mower.
Our house has had and still haves a laurel hedge that fronts the house and then wraps around to the boulevard. It is long and wide. To prune it you have two do the front side, the back side and the top. The first two years I did the pruning (in the fall rains) with a pair of Swiss secateurs. It took me a week.
After that I decided to become more practical and semi abandoned my expectations for the perfect lawn and pruned the hedge with mechanical hedge clippers.
In the last three years with the advanced of my arthritis I now use electric hedge trimmers. Only I would know the difference and when people laud me for the great hedge job I keep my mouth shut.