Pruned my hedge and saved $400
Took me three days with a bow saw and some loppers, but I got it done. Just like the landscaping company did to the very tall privet hedge on down last February for $400. This piece of privet hedge borders the courtyard garden, I trimmed it 3 - 4' back from the road. Finished this morning.
Actually my trusty bow saw that I used for everything broke apart on the first day. :( The pieces disappeared into the heap of branch debris. So yesterday I went to the hardware and bought me a real pruning saw. Used it for the first time this morning and the work went SO much faster.
Now to get the stuff hauled away. As I cut I laid it down in a row right along side me on the side of the road (see photo). This part of my privet is the oldest, my Uncle having planted it probably in the 1950's- 60's(?). Altho it's always been able to take a beating (a snow plow leveled it one winter by throwing heavy snow on it), I'm hoping it rebounds one more time.
So that project is done.