Two of the front yard shrubs had already gone out of control standing guard at the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood.
So as my dear wife Karen tidied up the hourglass garden and spread red mulch, I grabbed the battery-powered Black and Decker hedge clippers and went to work.
One of the shaggy ones goes wide in a flash every spring quite next to the house, crowding its juniper and hosta next to it.
The second stands at the edge of the property, earning the tag of a burning bush not only for its bright red color before it drops its tiny leaves come autumn but for the way it makes my arms feel with its thorns every time I abandon my reserve and tackle this task.
After I’d finished, Good Neighbor Tim and his Wonderful Wife Lorraine strolled over to tell us how nice the front looks this May, and to invite us to visit Costco with them. After hearing my woes about the foot-long spikes of the burning bush, Tim informed me that it’s a Bayberry.
My long sleeves and sweat pants actually had protected me fairly well from the sticky situation.
Karen’s hourglass figure caught me eye as always.
My other big idea for the day was to rake the branches to roadside rather than stick them in a brown bag, thus saving my arms from further stickage. I’ve noticed that up and down my block, yard recycleables are out in force, naked, if you will. And the collection was scheduled for two weeks ago. Hint, city …
What’s your most dreaded yard task, and why? Electric, battery or manual powered hedge clippers? Bag the branches or rake them in a pile?