...but in the case of a phrase such as the one under discussion: to "nip (something) in the bud"
I defined it because even though the phrase is often used.. the usage of the task involved is not.
Even for most gardeners, "pruning" other than having at your privet hedges sheers, is a rather specialized task with which most people aren't familiar... PRUNING the Hedges (unless you're into Topiary) isn't usually done one bud at a time... let alone with one's fingernails.
In my case, I'm into Bonsai.. THAT you accomplish both with one's fingernails.. and tiny manacure scissors.
But that's not to say I don't employ larger equipment (although I admit NOT a ChainSaw) when working in public display gardens.. having at rows of Rose Bushes, or clammering about in a a cheery-tree... (OR A HUNDRED ) with pruning sheers, saws & loppers.
4AM and I'm listening to The Moody Blues "Strange Times"
The Clear Caulking is dry, and it worked like a charm.
Took an extra day to double coat the weakest points ..and to re-enforce where the wire is attached at the buds, and the plug... and where they all join.
Well, I'll let you know how well it holds up under use, if it works out, then we have a fix for frayed wires going forward... but remember... my wires were grease & oil free... otherwise I wouldn't have even bothered.
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