Fall Cleanup and a Giveaway

There are weeds, like you know, your run of the mill dandelion that you pull out of your garden with ease…

and then there is this beast –

A group of bushes and trees

Yeah, it’s taller than me. And in truth it isn’t exactly a weed, we had some trees chopped down after an ice storm wreaked havoc on them, and these weird leftover trees keep trying to sprout up in it’s place. I’ve been chopping them down with this all summer…

A tree being trimmed

Got to love the blisters on top of blisters I would have by the time I was done, ugh!

But no more wimpy clippers for me, check out my new Black & Decker 22″ Dual Action Blade Hedge Trimmer.

A person standing next to a tree

ARR ARR ARR! In case you couldn’t tell that was my “Tim the Tool Man Taylor” power tool grunting impression…

Home Improvement anyone?

No? Please tell me I wasn’t the only girl with the Tiger Beat poster of Jonathon Taylor Thomas (JTT for hardcore fans) plastered on my walls? ahem, ok then…

This month Ace Hardware challenged us to try something new that wasn’t our typical project. It was the perfect time to give this trimmer a try. It handled my mutant tree/shrub/un-killable weed like a champ –

Trimmed trees

I normally avoid the whole outdoor fall cleanup at all costs, so much so that I end up trying to do it too late in the spring when my new plants are shooting up and I have to try to trim the old dead stuff with a scissors…clearly my fancy new trimmer was a major upgrade!

Here’s my before – all my crazy messy dead plants leftover from summer that would normally hang out all winter-

A tree in front of a house

And after they are all chopped down and cleaned up, ready for next spring.

A tree in front of a house

I may be addicted now. I mean, it was really tempting to go all Edward Scissor Hands (how many more random 90’s references can I fit in this post?) and try to carve our boxwoods into swans or something, but the Mr. wasn’t too keen on the idea (he has no sense of adventure :)). They do look nice all trimmed up though.

A house with bushes in front

What normally would take me hours in the spring literally took me minutes this past weekend! Leaving me time for the important stuff, like testing out my new hammock.

A white hammock

Yup, if you need me, I’ll be here :)

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  1. Kelly, great job. We had the same thing one summer when we lost a tree to a storm. We ended up with some volunteer tree thing and cut it down several times and it kept coming back. My husband even tried to dig it up. It was a real pain. Eventually we won, but it took a couple of summers. Looks like you got plenty of power to tackle your yard. And of course the hammock is beautiful motivation. Hope it’s facing toward a view of the lake!

  2. The same thing! We have some over grown bushes that haven’t been trimmed since the summer. And all of our potted flowers need to be pulled… I love planting them but hate pulling them out!

  3. Love, love, love your hammock. Will you tell us where you got it?please. Fall project outdoors is talking garden down. :( Oh how I’m going to miss those fresh tomatoes. Then the usual leaves clean up. Some plants I don’t cut down until early spring after frost is gone. Oh I could use Ace gift card, a lot winter projects going on inside.

  4. We have a large yard and each season we have trimming to do or transplantingM I love Ace Hardware..so helpful to find just the right tool. Hope I win! Thanks!

  5. I have to tackle my hydrangeas. Last year I let them go without an end-of- the -season pruning and got no flowers this season. So this fall I have to prune them and prepare them for the winter.

  6. We have a couple of crazy overgrown arborvitaes that would be fun to cut back with the trimmer.
    Love the hammock!

  7. Kelly, we have an ACE hardware opening in my town soon! I’m so excited! The $100 gift card would be awesome.


  8. Hmmm, I have some weed/bush mutants in my yard, also. I do believe this could be the inspiration I need to go destroy them. :)

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