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Ya Can't Fix Fugly !


But I'm gonna try to make those redtips "eventually" look half way decent and not hide half of the house in the process.  Altho I know I'll pay dearly (physically) for this, I went ahead and got after the pruning after lunch.  I did it all with a pair of hand pruners because the loppers were too clumsy and unhandy to use. (gonna be a lala vicodin nighty night tonight)

Anyhow I took them way down and below the window so that our Christmas tree will show nicely along with any wreath or garland that the WD decides to put there.

With the slope of the ground being like it is, I think I'll take them down a little more to around the blue line.  These things have never been pruned or taken care of so the base section has gotten real gnarly and twisted but maybe they'll come back in the spring and look decent and hopefully I can maintain them to a pretty size and shape afterwards.

The little Crepe Myrtly there to the left of the oaken bucket should look good next year also now that the redtips aren't swallowing it up.



-- Edited by Mello Yello on Friday 31st of October 2014 01:17:38 PM

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I have faith in your abilities, I know you can do it. Give those things agood butching, and pay regular attention to them to get them to grow the way you want, and they'll probably do fine. We have some hedgy type things in front of the front window, too. When we bought the place, they were just "sort'a" maintained, but no real shape or form to them. I got after them and cut them back pretty drastically, feared I might have kil't them, but they came back with a roar. Now, with regular attention to the shape and size we like, they have filled back out very nicely, given us some nice smelling flowers twice a year, and are generally an item of vane pride for me.

You mentioned pear trees in your other post; are those fruit bearing, or the "ornamental" kind? The landscaping at several of our substations where I worked used "ornamental pear trees", and they were some really nice trees for looks, and in the spring and summer, the fragrance was almost intoxicating. Were I you, I'd find some way of keeping some of them, in the right spots in the yard. That is one thing I truly miss, living in the desert; fruit trees and vegetable gardens don't do well here without a tremendous amount of attention, and even then, it's often chancy.

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When we moved here there were 13 Pear Trees on these two lots and none of them provided any pleasant aroma, however, they do bear fruit, some more than others. The large one at the entrance to the driveway bears some nice big pears but the others just barely produce enuff to notice. We used to make relish, preserves and even pear mince meat. I've never been a fan of mince meat but the recipe that a friend gave me and the batch we made was larapin. After I'm through there will be only one fruit tree left and that will be the one by the driveway. I also cut down two small peach trees that I got a 5 gal bucket of peaches off of this year but they were the size of an apricot and, altho I made preserves, it wasnt' worth the trouble so they are history also.

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The wood should make some good smoke for Q when it dries out a bit.

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Stihl to the rescue!!!!!

When we moved in this house, the foundation plantings hadn't been trimmed in many years and you could not see out of the front window. Amazing how that stuff 'pops' out with a chain hooked to the back of an F350. Then a very large spruce tree in the middle of the yard 'disappeared'. Then it all got bigger then I could handle and a 4' diameter willow, 2 lightning struck oaks on the side yard, a large messy decorative cherry tree and a very big soft maple in the front yard were professionally taken down. I've had a couple other large maple trees taken down in the front - but those 15+/- huge marble trees in the back are all still there. I guess what I'm saying for me is if it is a fugly bunch of trees or plantings, out they come and something new may or may not be put in its place.................which reminds me, I need to get on the roof in the next few days and trim a maple branch back from hitting the almost new shingles.



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