This project never ends and it’s making me weary. On June 18, I started with a full hedge of Red Tip Photinia and just wanted to prune, rake, and keep it healthy.
I noticed spots on the leaves [at right] and google taught me this plant doesn’t like moisture. But I live in wet, wet, Oregon! The spots are a disease and every spotty leaf must go.
It was too much work to do at once. In five long days, spread over three weeks, I abandoned all else, trimmed spotty leaves, and clipped interior branches that were yards long and choking each other out.
Poor hedge, I hacked it up! I’m pouting about it at this very moment, lip and all.
I uncovered two small gardner snakes in the fallen leaves, moving very slow in the heat. I’d still be raking, but a friend came by and finished for me. So now I’m preparing the ground to add mulch.