I do not know what I was thinking. I am not what some would call “handy” actually; I am the complete opposite of that. I remember when I was younger and my grandfather tried to so show me how to use a hammer and nail in case I ever want to, I do not know, hang a picture or something. I ended up nailing my shirt, pants, and a shoelace to the wall. I have no idea to this day how I did that. That was the first and last time my grandpa tried teaching me anything about being a handy person. On the other hand, tool practical understanding. No matter how much older I am or how much time has passed I am still anti-handy.
I have a Chinese dwarfed maple trees in front of my house. They are so cute I had to have them. A few years ago, I bought them and my wonderful mother planted them for me. All I had to do was water and feed for the first couple of months then they were on their own. In addition, boy have they been striving. I am quite proud of my little trees. Now almost two years later I noticed that a little tree trimming is due. They were starting to look a little shaggy around the hedges. Essentially my trees needed a haircut.
After reading a few articles and watching what felt like hours of videos online I felt as though I was prepared to do it on my own. As if I want to tree trimming college or something, I was empowered and ready to get my trim on.
I went to my local home improvement store to pick up some supplies. I had a list with everything I needed to accomplish the job. As I am in nursery and yard care department, I start to doubt myself. Reflecting on that time with my grandpa, you all remember the story. How unbelievably clumsy I was trying to hammer a nail. How in the heck am I supposed to do this? As soon as I was about to give up and start putting everything back, someone came up to me as ask if I needed any help. I have never been as happy to see a sales person as I was right then and there! I took this time to explain what I was trying to do and how nervous I was to do it.
She soothed my fears and encourage me to try it out. She suggested that I start on whichever tree and side was least noticeable to others that may be looking at my house. Then she looked at my list and took me around to get all the items explaining to me how to use each one. She warned me what not to do and what to look for when attempting to trim these trees.
Armed a lot of stuff and knowledge I drove home with a newfound confidence and determination. I was ready to do this.
I started the tree farthest from the street and least noticeable. I did as the sales girl and my research informed. It was going great until I accidently cut a cord going to my house. Giving me a light electrocution. Not to mention the shock caused my hand to clench down on the shears I was using. Instead of trimming the tree, I ended up whacking a large portion of the branches off. It was horrible.
When the shock wore off, I went online, checked out some reviews, contacted a tree service to come, and finished the job. I guess I can try selling the stuff I bought online or maybe give it to one of my neighbors. I know that I will never being doing that again. Lesson learned.