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Motorized Hedges

Motorize hedges for easier use
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I've been lurking for a while, but a weird idea hit me and I had to post it. I'm sure there are those of you out there who do the landscaping yourself, either because you live alone or you have a lazy spouse/roommates. Wouldn't it be great, before you actually dig the hole for trees and hedges and flowers, you could see what they look like without walking up and repositioning it each time? If the tree/shrub nurseries and florists motorized their plants, it wouldn't be such a big deal. You could have a remote with which you could move the plants, and a height adjustment to see what it would look like when planted and whatnot. The motor could have its own digger, configured to its circumfrence, so you won't have to dig anything. Also, after they are planted, if you wanted to reposition, you could just use the motor to make the tree/shrub/whatever uproot itself and move.
Frogel, Oct 01 2002

For 8th of 7: http://www.gardencomposer.com.au/
One of several bazillion drag-n-drop garden designers (though I haven't tried any of them, so no recommendations implied). [Nick@Nite, Oct 17 2004]

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       Hm. This is great, right up until the "after they are planted..." bit. From there on in, you're not talking about trees and shrubs, you're talking about stage scenery.   

       Though I'd settle for a couple of guys with wheelbarrows.
DrCurry, Oct 01 2002
  

       It would be better if you could drag-and-drop icons with a mouse and watch your garden rearrange itself ....
8th of 7, Oct 01 2002
  

       Utterly ludicrous. Croissant.
st3f, Oct 01 2002
  

       oooh, doc, I'd settle for a couple of guys with wheelbarrows too.
lewisgirl, Oct 01 2002
  

       OK lg, Marty Feldman and Boris Karlof sent round as soon as...
PeterSilly, Oct 01 2002
  

       This idea has promise. Especially with a good interface like 8th mentioned. I can see some delightful practical jokes arising from hacking into someone's shrubbery program and rearranging a neighborhood.   

       Best yet, give the shrubs A.I., similar to the flocking road cones, and let THEM decide where they want to go.
dag, Oct 01 2002
  

       Isn't this the nickname of the 224th US Light Armored Regiment?
General Washington, Oct 01 2002
  

       Baked: Shakespeare.   

       //Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be
until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill
Shall come against him.//
  

       Ever see that scene of the play? The forest advancing slowly toward the castle? It was horticulture's shining moment in literature ...
1percent, Oct 01 2002
  

       True, [8th of 7], there are other drag-n-drop garden designers out there, but how many of them can you get the joy of watching shrubbery dancing on your lawn? Another application for this: have a neighbor coming over you don't want to talk to? Rearrange the shrubbery so that he can't approach the door or house. Lots of fun.
Frogel, Oct 02 2002
  

       Mobile shrubbery...an interesting concept. Perhaps they should be solar powered as well? Let's say these hedges develop sentience (somehow, using the computers that control their motors) and rebel against their masters. Wouldn't it be the most hilarious thing you've ever seen if you were driving down the interstate and a hedge cruised past you? Croissant for the humor potential.
Andrew Pershing, Oct 02 2002
  

       In one of Goscinny and Uderzo's Asterix books (I think it is Asterix and the Big Fight) there is a marvellous sequence where Roman soldiers (in disguise as bits of hedge) undertake maneouvres such as "form a spinney".
PeterSilly, Oct 02 2002
  

       Knights that say "Ni": "Wa want .... a SHRUBBERY !"   

       <Dramatic Chord>   

       King Arthur: Oh, Ok then.   

       <Presses button on remote control. Whirring of motors. Remote-control shrubbery appears and arranges itself >   

       Knights that say "Ni": "Oooooh, pretty....."
8th of 7, Oct 02 2002
  

       Call in an order for a large shrubbery, extra thorns, and have it delivered to the Bunny.
spacer, Feb 08 2005
  
      
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