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Last Haircut

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Strangely, I have been asked by several people this week,  “Did you get your hair cut?”  To which I responded, “Yes”.  The more correct answer is, “No”.  I did not get my hair cut, I cut my hairmyself, with my own hands and clippers.  In fact, I have been doing so for over 15 years.  I can admit that with a modicum of confidence.  But in the back of my mind, I always worry about being asked, that question.  I have never been asked, “Do you cut your own hair?”  You never want to be asked that question. If you’re asked that question, you know they already know the answer. 


I grew up with a natural fear of barberism.  I’m not referring to the collapse of civilization, which would be barbarism.  I’m talking bad haircuts.  My dad cut our hair growing up.  He reasoned that anyone who could trim shrubs should be able to cut hair.  Consequently, we all grew up looking like a bunch of boxwoods. So with a lot of therapy and counseling, I have overcome that fear sufficiently, so as to be able to cut my own hair.  After all, I do trim shrubs; I do look like a boxwood.


I am not recommending for you to cut your own hair.  I do recommend trimming your shrubs.  You probably already have a pair of hedge shears.  I generally recommend the last week of July as the last trimming time of the season.  The reason is this: By trimming now, the plants have sufficient time to flush new growth and harden off before freezing temperatures occur.  You heard me right, I said freezing.  It will arrive again: Remember last winter.


I don’t recommend severe pruning at this time, but if you want to improve the shape of your shrubbery, it’s a good time to give a last haircut!

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David Bates


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