Cutting Rosebushes, Hair

Yesterday morning I decided to get rid of the roses that fence in my back yard. They’re stunning for two or three weeks in the spring, then look like scraggly dead sticks the rest of the year. Besides that, I dug the pond so close to them that it made it hard to get to the electric meter, and if there’s one thing I don’t want, it’s an angry electric meter reader.

Cutting the rose buses out went pretty well. I bundled the clippings as I went so the stupid people at the dump wouldn’t turn me away. Digging up the roots was hard work, but not as hard as I thought. Now I just have to figure out what to replace them with. I’m thinking Upright Yews.

BEFORE
Messy tangle.

AFTER
Now what?

Getting into the dump was not easy. The first time I went, I was turned away and told to come back in an hour. (That happens every other time I go.) When I came back, there was a huge line filled with people who had been told to come back in an hour. Fortunately, I was able to get rid of the rose clippings anyway.

Another maddening experience.

I celebrated my victory with a haircut. I left the top a little longer this time. But I don't think I'll be growing it crazy-long again.
A little length.

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10 Responses to Cutting Rosebushes, Hair

  1. Annette says:

    I share your belief about rose bushes. In fact, I think they should only be sent to me in dozens…I should not have to know where they come from!

    • Annette says:

      Beautiful blooming rose stems in dozens, not the entire bush in dozens….sorry I should do a better job of editing before I “Add Comment”

  2. Lauren says:

    I think I’ll get you a chimenea, then you could take care of that pesky yard waste at home. (As well as the rats.)

  3. Peggy says:

    WOW! That really does make a difference–the yard looks fabulous! And the Upright Yew is an excellent idea!

    Then you’d have 2 alter-egos to choose from: the English Gardena’ or when trimming:

    http://www.wwuh.org/program/culturedogs/Images/edward16.jpg

  4. Peggy says:

    PS And you really shouldn’t tolerate such horrible dump service! Honestly. Write a letter or something…

    Or drive to Harford Co. just once…you’re guaranteed a gut busting experience of ease, friendliness and helpfulness while dumping…and no bundling required.

    (PSA brought to you by the happy dumpers of HARCO)

    • Brad says:

      I was angry enough to write a letter, but I didn’t write one because I don’t want to be another city resident asking them to spend more money. I want them to take less taxes. So how do you write an angry letter that says: “Be more efficient and service-friendly, but don’t spend any more money.”?

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