Recently I helped my friend Karen prune an enormous yew in her front yard. The “shrub” is an epic 20 feet tall and was scruffy looking, to put it politely. We used a chain saw, a pole saw, large loppers and small hand pruners. And our eyeballs. And we pruned for hours. After we “finished” — the chain saw pull cord snapped, the pole saw jammed almost beyond belief and we were dog tired — we stood back and admired our work.
The yew looked much improved, but our pruning exposed the shiny white PVC pipes attached to her downspouts. After all our hard work to improve the look of her front yard, we needed a solution to those white pipes.
I knew almost immediately what we needed to do: We needed to paint those white pipes black. One painted they would “disappear” into the background.
Then I painted the pipes using a can of matte black spray paint.