It’s August… time when many are going back to school and in a few short weeks most of us will be back to our normal routines.
The ending of summer also means that all of the trees, bushes and shhhhh!….weeds around your yard may have grown out of control.
Hands raised high! Mine have! :-)
We have a lot of mature trees and shrubs around the house. Ed removed a few of them when we first moved into the house, but there are more to tackle.
This fall, once the heat of the summer ends, we will be trimming again. We have hired a tree trimming service to take care of trimming the tall pine trees that frame the house, but for the shorter trees and bushes and even along the lakeshore, we have been trimming all summer and relying on hand tools to do the job.
Back in the spring, I received a line up of Fiskars garden tools. There was a Machete, Hatchet, Billhook Saw, Billhook, Power Gear Pruners, and a Lopper. The knife-like tools came with cases that make them easy and safe to store.
I was a bit overwhelmed, thinking when and how would we use all of them? Over the summer I found a use for every single one. I am in AWE of how easy these tools made doing some pretty tough jobs and projects around the yard literally…1…2…3… EASY!
- Open blades.
- Press blades closed.
- Open again. Done!
For the tools with blades, one chop and the roots, stumps, weeds were cut and easy to remove.
I had never heard of a billhook before, have you?
When it came time to remove roots from trees that grow out along the lake shore, the billhooks made it feel like we were chopping though pieces of cardboard, not thick tree roots. I removed stumps around the yard with a few karate-chops! Who knew? The billhook is my new tool of choice for yard and garden clean up.
The outdoor project that made the biggest impact in the yard though was creating a simple stone paver walkway that extends from the garage to the side yard.
Before we moved from our previous house, I asked Ed if he could redo the small brick and slate patio I had DIY’ed 18 years prior when we were getting the house ready to sell. It had become uneven and a tripping hazard. I created it as a place for the gas grill. It required no mortar, just sand, bricks, slate, time and lots of effort.
On the day that Ed started the job of removing all the bricks so he could flatten the sand and then lay the bricks and slate back down, I was not home. When I came home, I remember coming into the back yard to find him all sweaty with dirt all over him. When he saw me, he said… You did before by this by yourself?
It was hard and labor intensive, but I was 18 years younger when I did it. Ed got the job done later the next day and it helped to get the house sold.
When we knew we wanted to create some kind of path in the side yard of our lake house, I knew I wanted to find a way to do it that was not going to be as labor intensive. I came up with a plan to make a simple walkway using square stone pavers.
We bought the stone pavers at The Home Depot. Ed felt like a samurai using the machete to cut out squares of grass the same size as the pavers. Once the grass was cut and removed, I placed a paver into the cut-out area. EZ!
This made the top of the paver, level with the grass and easy for the lawn mower to go over. We had the paver stone walkway done in one afternoon. I am not sure how we would have done it without the awesome Fiskars machete.
We used the squares of cut out grass as sod in worn areas around the yard.
This weekend, I will be getting the pruners and loppers back out to cut back the herbs in the chalk painted pots I posted about earlier this week and some of the flowers growing in the planters on the deck.
Yard work…it sometimes feels like it is never ending, but as they saying goes…having the right tool, makes the job easier. :-)
Do you do have a yard, trees and bushes to maintain? What is your favorite tool to get them trimmed, pruned and the job done?