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Front yard….rocks, rocks and lots of rocks 7/4/17

I swear this is the last time I’m going to move these rocks.  I was out in the backyard at 7 this morning, picking up rocks and putting them in buckets.

The front yard was looking shitty, and I think that the company that cuts the grass put poison on the flowers that I was trying to grow.  I’m tired of messing with it, so this was my project for today.

I picked up every rock that I could dig up, knowing that I did not want to spend any money on bags of rocks.  I had my fingers crossed that I would have enough for what I wanted to do.

This is my new homemade tool.  A bent up grilling fork.  It works great for loosening up the dirt.  It also works perfectly for digging up weeds.

First I tore up cartons that I had saved last week and put them down to slow down the weed growth.
Then I topped that with buckets and buckets of rocks from the backyard.

I like it!  It turned out better than I thought and I did end up having enough rocks.

The Royal Empress tree is growing like crazy

Ferns from my mom’s house are growing pretty fast too.

A few minutes ago, T-Jay used the electric saw to cut up the rest of them Maple tree.  I will keep putting it in the trash can until it’s all gone.  It shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks, and then I’ll finally have the backyard back to normal.

I’m thinking about hooking up the power washer to blow all that dirt from around the roots of that Maple tree.  If I can get them exposed enough, I’ll be able to cut them off so that I will finally have a somewhat level walkway.

Well, it was an idea.   I guess my power washer isn’t powerful enough.

I’ll have to figure out another way to dig that root up.  Oh, well, that’s for another day.  I’m pooped and am going to take a shower and relax for the rest of the day.

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Downed Tree Limb Part 2 6/4/17

 This is what I was left with.  
No matter what we tried, the limb would not come down.  
It was about 24 feet up off of the ground.

T-jay and I had the idea of attaching a dumb bell that I had, to a rope, then a clothesline, and finally a cable wire.  All three of them broke, leaving two pink dumb bells up in the tree. 
Here’s is T-Jay trying to get that limb down.
On Thursday, I called a company that I had used last year when
a limb from that same tree ended up in the neighbor’s yard.  
They came a couple of hours later and got three limbs down.  
Two I didn’t even notice that were also up in that Pine tree.  
These guys were awesome and didn’t charge me a cent.
 T-Jay and I got a quick course in operating an electric chain saw.  
Not as scary as I thought it would be.
This is the chain saw I got super cheap at Harbor Freight.  
It was recommended by “SeeJaneDrill” on You tube.

 Last week I had that trash can stacked up with branches and the trash company took every ones trash except for mine.  That’s okay, I’ll break the branches and limbs down into little pieces.  They WILL take these tree limbs bit by bit.  I don’t care if it takes me all summer!!!

All gone!
 Got my pink dumb bells back!
 This is the backyard now.  I have whittled it down a bit.
I was going to grill today, but I don’t think I can dig my propane tank out from the little shed that’s under all that tree.