I often wish that I were better at planning things before I actually do them. I spent the better part of the weekend cutting back the trees that border the backyard and trimming the bushes surrounding my in-laws property.
Doesn't sound too tough, does it?
Well that's why I wish I had taken a camera with me. The shrubbery was at least nine feet high and maybe twelve~fifteen yards long (about a dozen or so trees.) not really tough, but time consuming. I do most of the trimming with hand tools and keeping things level and tight is more time consuming than difficult.
The real problem was lopping off the top three or four feet from the trees in the backyard using only hand tools. If you can imagine balancing on a ladder while stuck half inside a tree and attacking ankle thick branches with a tiny little hand saw than you have a pretty good idea of what I must have looked like and you don't need the pictures. If you imagination is such that you see all this happening in Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton style then rest assured you know how I felt.
I'll do my best to remember to photograph the place when I go up there again in two weeks time, but I am getting really sick of doin this stuff by hand. The only good thing you can say about seven hours of landscaping is that it gives you one helluva workout and it makes the beer taste absolutely ambrosial.
I want power tools or Bob Vila's assistance next time!