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 –
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…
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.
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 –
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-
And after they are all chopped down and cleaned up, ready for next spring.
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.
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.
Yup, if you need me, I’ll be here :)
Have some fall cleanup of your own to do? Enter using the rafflecopter below for your chance to win a $100 gift card to Ace Hardware! The giveaway will be open for 1 week and the winner will be notified via email, good luck!
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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!
Yes, definitely facing the lake, it’s my new favorite spot!
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!
I think I need one of those trimmers, not to mention the hammock!
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.
Hi Kathleen it was an etsy purchase! I’ll have to see if I can find the right shop and put it in an upcoming post!
Very impressive!! Thanks for the giveaway and opportunity to win!
I just love that hammock! You have such a lovely house!!!
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!
Just the typical fall clean up needs to happen over here!
Great job! Would love to win a gift card from Ace Hardware!
I have so many weeds in my yard. You have inspired me to get outside and work on them, Winning the gift card would be great!
Kelly where did you get the hammock?!!?
Lots of weeds for the trimmer here……
Etsy! I’ll talk about it in an upcoming post!
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.
I also have huge mutant weeds. Looks like that could make them go away quickly!
We have a couple of crazy overgrown arborvitaes that would be fun to cut back with the trimmer.
Love the hammock!
Would love to win a $100 gift card – great giveaway!
Kelly, we have an ACE hardware opening in my town soon! I’m so excited! The $100 gift card would be awesome.
Oh yay! You will love shopping at Ace!
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. :)
I love power tools,this workout beats the cost of the gym any day!!! Great Job!
You’ve got the right idea!
you go girl! looks like a tool that I could even handle.
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