Memorial Day weekend is a long weekend for me with the office being closed on Monday so it becomes Spring Cleaning Weekend. I also try to take the Friday before off so I can run errands like paying car tags and renewing my driver's license. I spent Friday cleaning out the garage and today (Saturday) trimming shrubs. Sunday or Monday will be used to clean out and organize the attic. Whew! Sounds like a lot for one person doesn't it? Oh, don't worry about that, I've been putting the boys to work too!
|He's always so happy to help!|
I always have such good intentions of trimming my shrubs in early Spring before the leaves come in but never seem to accomplish it. For the last few weeks every time I pull into the driveway I think "those shrubs sure could use a haircut."
But it is such a pain to trim the shrubs and have to pick up the leaves from the mulch. Since I put down rubber mulch three years ago I don't have to re-mulch. Just a quick re-topping every couple of years takes care of any settling or displaced mulch. Now if I had hardwood mulch and needed to replace it every year the small amount of leaves left in the old mulch wouldn't matter. They would just decompose under a layer of new mulch.
So I had resigned myself to the fact we'd be picking leaves out of mulch again this year......then......I had a brain fart (as the boys so sweetly put it)! If the shrubs needed a "haircut" why couldn't they have a cape while they received their trim? If a cape keeps hair clippings off clothes shouldn't a layer of plastic keep leaves out of the mulch for the most part? Hmmm........
I just happened to have some clear plastic in the garage which I ran across during yesterday's cleaning. If I hadn't had this plastic I probably would have used trash bags. I cut a slit down the middle of the side to about halfway down the length and simply put the slit around the base of the shrub, lapping the cut ends over each other. Then the trimming began.....
And it worked! The boxwoods have such small leaves that are always difficult to get out of the mulch and after using the cape method there were very few left in the mulch. Due to my plastic not being enough to go around all bushes at one I simply moved the cape around each one.
I'm very happy with the results of the haircut and will use the method again next year since I was able to fold my plastic back up. Anyone else used this method or planning on trying it?
All photos property of Honeysuckle on the Vine.