While our Son from Richmond did a lot of “home maintenance” during the few days he was here recently, there were a few things left for “Ole Dad”. The extra amount of rain we received this spring stimulated the trees toward abundant new growth. While he and “the boys” did some work on the Maple in the front yard, the River Birches in the backyard got trimmed today. The 10’ pole with a cutter and saw is a very handy tool for such a job. The cutter can handle limbs up to about a half inch and beyond that its necessary to use the saw. The cutter is activated by pulling the rope against a spring-leaded “knife”. It works good.