A couple of summers ago Matthew worked for a friend of ours who has a business doing landscape and property maintenance. While he was working for Joe he not only worked hard but he learned a lot of new stuff. But I don't think Joe taught him how to prune a shrub this way....
not so up close and personal
not using a sword!
But fear not, the shrub had its revenge on his sword!
But I have learned a few things in my years as a mother.
1. pride in how my plantings look, per se is a wasted emotion!
2. pride in the hard work of my children is more productive.
3. promoting initiative and imagination is very rewarding and amusing.
4. the shrub will grow back!
So, hack away Matthew and have your fun. Learn your lessons.
Long after all of us are gone that shrub will still be there growing wild to challenge another young man with a sword.